The state’s schools chief says replacing mid-90s school buses that are prone to catching on fire is a top priority, but S.C. spending on buses is expected to fall short. In 2007, state lawmakers adopted a 15-year replacement cycle that the state lags behind. Now, the S.C. Department of Education says it needs $72 million just to replace the buses causing the most trouble, which make up about 35 percent of the state’s 5,600 buses
January 2017 file video: Leslie Jurado of Rock Hill said she hopes a bill introduced this week by South Carolina lawmakers will legalize medical marijuana. Leslie's daughter, 14-year-old Isabel Jurado, suffers from Sanfilippo Syndrome, a degenerative disease that causes seizures and other debilitating conditions. Jurado said she believes medical marijuana will help give her daughter a better quality of life.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's relationship with president-elect Donald Trump may have started on the wrong foot. She endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the republican primary, and referred to trump as an "angry voice" in her rebuttal to the State of the Union Address. Nikki Haley has now been called upon by Trump to serve in his cabinet as the ambassador to the United Nations.
Sen. Joel Lourie reflects on his upcoming 18th year as a S.C. legislator. Before him, his father Isadore served 28 years. Lourie is entering his final year of service. Lourie expects to help shape the compromise on a bill to raise money for road repairs this year. He has shaped the argument on key issues such as Emma's Law, which strengthened South Carolina's drunken driving laws.