South Carolina

South Carolina Lawmaker Wants to Mandate Media Literacy Classes

The proposal would aim to create a media literacy curriculum for public schools by the 2021-2022 school year.

South Carolina Becomes First Non-Medicaid Expansion State to Enact Work Requirements

The state says it will boost people out of poverty. Critics say thousands will lose coverage.

As Meth Use Surges, One Region Tries to Combat ‘The Pull’

Meth 2.0 is stronger and cheaper than the old home-cooked variety.

After 30 Years, the Last State Finally Automated Its Child Support System

South Carolina struggled for decades to switch from manual process run by counties to a largely automated system run by the state.

Phone Companies Make Pact with State Attorneys General to Combat Robocalls

As part of the agreement, 12 phone carriers pledged to implement call-blocking technology and to monitor their networks for illegal robocalls.

Alabama House Passes Bill to Criminalize Most Abortions

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How a School District Did Away with Snow Days

In Anderson, South Carolina, school officials traded inclement weather closures for remote learning.

Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

Twenty-eight states have passed laws penalizing people for misrepresenting their pets as service dogs, with two more considering legislation this spring.

Opioid Money Has Helped, But States Want More

States are eyeing lawsuits against drug manufacturers or assessments against the companies as possible ways to provide more money.

Another Locality Cuts Back on Recycling Amid Industry-Wide Disruption

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Floodwaters May Have Inundated Private Wells, But Few Were Tested For Contamination

The four states hit by hurricanes earlier this year offer free well testing, but not many homeowners have used the programs.

Rising Sea Levels Put Additional Homes at Risk During Hurricane Florence

An analysis by a national nonprofit found that 11,000 homes in the Carolinas were flooded due to rising sea levels.

Waiting for What Florence’s Floodwaters Will Bring Next in the Carolinas

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For Millions, Florence 'Has Never Been More Dangerous'

North Carolina's governor warned that inland residents now face life-threatening hazards.

Despite Warnings, States in Florence’s Path Continued Coastal Development

Despite their vulnerability to both climate change and hurricanes, North and South Carolina have put in place a series of policies and laws that favor coastal developers and property owners.

Mutual Aid Agreements Bring First Responders, Utility Crews to Hurricane Zone

With conditions worsen in the Carolinas, rescue personnel and power crews are ready to respond when it's safe to do so.

Prepping for a Hurricane That Could Stay for Days

Hurricane Florence, a category 4 storm, is the strongest to threaten parts of the East Coast in more than 20 years.

As Hurricane Florence Takes Aim, N.C. Governor Says ‘Gather Your Supplies Now’

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Children With Autism Left Behind by Low Medicaid Rates

Lawsuits in South Carolina and California accuse the states of failing to provide "medically necessary" services for children with autism because Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that no providers will accept them.

How Exposed Is Your State to Trade Tensions?

More than a dozen states have above-average international trade exposure, per a new Moody’s report.