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Panel of lawmakers move forward with education reform bill

South Carolina lawmakers are one step closer to passing a bill that they said would reform education in the state.

  Meet the Candidates: A new Mayor of Surfside Beach will be elected on Tuesday

  South Carolina’s golf industry could benefit from permanent daylight saving time

  SC lawmakers hear testimony on proposed hands-free bill

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Impeachment ‘dead on arrival’ in the Senate

  State lawmaker looking into potential ban of flavored vaping products

  Democratic presidential candidates make their case to S.C. voters at Galivants Ferry Stump

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  EXCLUSIVE: Presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks on key issues

  Sen. Graham comes to NMB to ‘rally the troops;’ talks offshore drilling, gun control

  State lawmakers continue to tackle affordable housing crisis, tour new development

  Bills banning offshore drilling in the Atlantic move on to the Senate

AP: Dan Bishop wins special election for NC-9 house seat

  Pro-life and pro-choice advocates sound off on abortion bill

State GOP cancels 2020 presidential primary

Over the weekend, South Carolina joined Nevada and Kansas as the three states that have decided to forgo Republican Presidential Primaries or Caucuses in 2020.

Trump’s Fayetteville rally to be a test for his clout, GOP

President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina will serve as a measure of his clout in trying to elect a Republican to the House in a closely watched special election that’s seen as a tossup race.

  WMBF sits down one-on-one with Bernie Sanders during Pee Dee campaign stop

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a visit to Florence Friday.

SC Sen. Scott will not run again after 2022 race

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said if he runs for reelection in 2022 and wins, he will not seek another term.

  For a third time, S.C. senator will introduce hate crime bill

McCrae Dowless, associates face new charges in NC-9 election fraud investigation

  Rep. Rice discusses Mueller investigation, latest Trump administration resignation

  Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson makes stop in Grand Strand

Changes could be coming to Board of Trustees at SC universities

Possible 2020 run against Trump is ‘in God’s hands,’ former SC Gov Mark Sanford says

SC Rep. Tom Rice visits southern border to see migrant crisis firsthand

South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice had a chance on Friday to see the migrant crisis at the border first-hand.

Lawmakers push to close wage gap in S.C.

Lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills earlier this year that aim to make pay based on factors like effort, responsibility, and skill.

Florence mayor endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2020 presidential race

The mayor of Florence is putting his support behind Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in the 2020 race.

  South Carolina DHEC letter halts seismic testing in state waters

A letter from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to one of five companies that requested permits to conduct seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic, has halted the testing in state waters.

  Horry County Democrats, Republicans react during night two of presidential debate

Much like night one of the Democratic debate, the’s edition focused on healthcare, education, and immigration.

  Fatal moped accidents raise questions of stricter laws on certain roads

A law went into effect in November classifying mopeds as motor vehicles, meaning all will need to be registered with the state. And though this is a stricter regulation, after two fatal accidents in two weeks, some officials say this isn’t enough.

  Fatal moped accidents raise questions of stricter laws on certain roads

A law went into effect in November classifying mopeds as motor vehicles, meaning all will need to be registered with the state. And though this is a stricter regulation, after two fatal accidents in two weeks, some officials say this isn’t enough.

  Dozens gather for “Stop the Bans” rally in Myrtle Beach

“Stop the Bans” rallies made their way across the country and state Tuesday, including in Myrtle Beach.

  Hundreds rally to protest abortion restrictions at SC State House

Melissa-Anne Cunningham-Sereque shared her story with a crowd protesting abortion restrictions.

  SC pro-life and pro-choice groups keeping a close eye on new abortion laws in other states

Pro-life groups like the South Carolina Citizens For Life say 2020 will be a big year for the abortion debate in the Palmetto State.

Dan Bishop wins primary, will represent Republican Party in NC-9 special election

Dan Bishop was declared the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday night and will represent the GOP in the special election for the open house seat in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in September.

Senators pass bill that would create tax credits for sports teams

On the last day of session, Senators continued their debate on a bill that advocates say would help lure the Carolina Panthers to South Carolina.

Fall back no more: Daylight saving time all the time in SC?

South Carolina may soon join the states that are calling for Congress to authorize daylight saving time all the time.

SC House passes bill to ban abortions once heartbeat detected

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives will discuss a bill that would make abortions illegal in our state as long as a heartbeat can be detected.

  Myrtle Beach leaders asking SC Senate to reconsider small cell bill

Myrtle Beach city leaders are speaking out about a bill that’s just steps away from passing in Columbia.

  WMBF News investigates SC bill that could let criminals out of prison sooner

A bill in the State House could let prisoners out from behind bars sooner and start allocating more state funds somewhere else.

House passes bill requiring illuminated signs for ride-share cars

The South Carolina House has given key approval to a bill that would require Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing vehicles to have illuminated signs.

Senate passes mental health patient transportation bill after two women drowned

A bill that hopes to change the way that mental health patients are treated and transported will now head to the South Carolina House.

  New law expands hemp industry in South Carolina

South Carolina’s hemp industry is growing under a new law recently signed by Governor Henry McMaster.

  Feds, US Attorney uncovers nearly $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme dubbed ‘Operation Brace Yourself’

The scheme, entitled “Operation Brace Yourself," has more than 80 search warrants in 17 federal districts and originated in Charleston.

City of Myrtle Beach asking lawmakers to change civil forfeiture bill

City leaders and the Myrtle Beach Police Department are taking a stand on a bill that would change a law regarding civil forfeiture.

  Bill aims to crack down on fentanyl trafficking in SC

South Carolina law doesn’t currently uphold prison time for fentanyl trafficking, but a bill in the State House might change that, if signed it’s into law.

SC bill would require doctors, nurses to report babies showing substance withdrawals

A bill filed in the South Carolina Legislature addresses the growing crisis of babies being born addicted to drugs.

  South Carolina lawmakers pushing for hands-free bills point to other states

Last week, the South Carolina House of Representatives pumped the brakes on a ‘hands-free’ bill and voted to send it back to committee.

  Pro-life and pro-choice advocates debate fetal heartbeat bill

Pastor Foster testified before a House Judiciary Subcommittee Thursday morning. He said he would like to see the Personhood Act signed into law, but he also supports H.3020.

  ‘Fetal heartbeat’ bill proposes abortion restrictions, stirs up controversy

South Carolina State House representatives are considering a bill that would make it illegal for women to get an abortion if the doctor can detect a heartbeat from the fetus.

Educators, senators work together to change education bill

Lawmakers have been amending the massive-education reform bill since it was introduced.

Beto O’Rourke to make first SC stop as presidential candidate next weekend

He will take part in a town hall series

Budget debate in SC House shifts to discussion on abortion

The budget debate in the House spent time on abortion.

  SC Representatives have sights set on budget plan debate

A day after the House of Representatives passed a massive education reform bill, they are on to another major task. A $29.95 billion dollar budget debate.

Fifth arrest made on election-related crimes connected to NC-9 investigation

Two women have now been arrested on election-related crimes connected to the investigation into election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District.

NCSBE sets date for new 9th Congressional District election

The North Carolina State Board of Elections set a date for the new 9th Congressional district election in a meeting Monday afternoon.

  Grand Strand business owner says thousands of animals will be killed during seismic testing

A Grand Strand business owner says if seismic testing occurs off the South Carolina coast, thousands of animals will be killed as a result.

Renewed push for ‘constitutional carry’ in South Carolina

There are bills filed at the State House that would allow anyone who can legally purchase a gun, to carry it on public places that permit it.

  McCrae Dowless indicted, charged with election-related crimes during NC-9 investigation

Dowless, a Bladen County political operative who was hired by Mark Harris to run an absentee ballot operation in Bladen, Robeson and Cumberland Counties in the 2018 election, was also arrested after the indictments became public Wednesday morning.

  Conservation activists ask judge to halt offshore drilling prep; locals react

Offshore drilling and seismic testing are words that many along the Grand Strand are very familiar with.

  State Board of Elections votes unanimously to hold new election in NC District 9

On the fourth day of the North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing, the board voted unanimously to hold a new election in the 9th District. Prior to the vote, Republican Mark Harris said he believes there should be a new election.

  Local lawmaker sponsors bill allowing nighttime golf cart driving

Taking your golf cart out for a nighttime ride could become a possibility.

  SC lawmakers push to reform civil forfeiture

Around 80 South Carolina state representatives signed a bill to reform civil forfeiture.

  Community groups, lawmakers push for bills they say will prevent a Parkland shooting

About a dozen community-based groups got together at the State House to advocate for a safer South Carolina.

  Lawmakers seek harsher penalties for looters

A new bill could lead to harsher penalties for people who steal during declared states of emergency.

Advocates cite ‘sense of urgency’ as work on SC energy bill continues

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investments are on the line according to solar companies in South Carolina.

State lawmakers, SC Governor, explore potential sale of Santee Cooper

According to a report from a consulting firm, there are more than a dozen bidders for the state-owned power utility, Santee Cooper.

South Carolina senator reintroduces abortion ban bill

A South Carolina senator has reintroduced legislation that would ban abortions in the state and possibly criminalize the act, according to the Associated Press.

Breaking down Zero to Twenty Committee, consolidation and tech college proposals in education bill

A massive education reform bill filed in the House and Senate last week is proposing consolidating school districts with a student population less than a 1,000.

  Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley wants $200K, private jet use for speaking engagements, report says

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is charging a hefty amount to those who want to hear her speak, according to a CNBC report.

  Hundreds of teachers visit lawmakers days after “massive” education reform bill filing

Alison VanArsdalen has been teaching for 12 years. She rarely takes a day off, but on Tuesday she didn’t go to work. She is one of the hundreds of teachers who were in Columbia talking to their state senators and state representatives about fixing education in the state.

Sen. Kamala Harris makes a stop in SC after announcing run for president

Just days after announcing her bid to run for president, Kamala Harris has made her way to the Palmetto State.

Gov. Henry McMaster focuses on education in first State of the State address as elected governor

McMaster’s office confirmed the governor’s State of the State address to the General Assembly will be delivered at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23.

  Bill requiring SLED to investigate all officer-involved shootings moves on

The Senate Judiciary Committee discussed a bill that would delegate all officer-involved shooting investigations to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Lawmakers tackle affordable housing crisis in South Carolina

Wages are not keeping up with rent increases in South Carolina. According to officials, there is an affordable housing crisis in the state.

SC lawmakers to take a closer look at school district consolidation bill

Sen. Young and the rest of the Senate Education Subcommittee said they will be taking their time while discussing a bill on school district consolidation.

  Wife of slain police officer advocates for bill that would require SLED to investigate all officer involved shootings

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Columbia to further discuss a bill that would require the South Carolina Law Enforcement agency to investigate all officer-involved shootings.

South Carolina lawmakers say they are ready to tackle important issues

The 123rd South Carolina General Assembly convened Tuesday. Lawmakers said there are plenty of issues that need fixing. They are ready to get back to work.

  Bill filed in General Assembly addressing transportation of mental health patients after two women drowned in September

A bill filed in the General Assembly Tuesday hopes to change the way mental health patients are treated and transported in South Carolina.This comes after a Senate subcommittee was appointed to investigate the deaths of Nicolette Green and Wendy Newton.

  Local prison workers feel the impact of government shutdown

As the partial government shutdown enters its third week, local communities in our area are feeling the impact.

States continue to abolish straight-ticket voting

Alabama is only one of eight states to currently have it, but fewer states have used it over the years.

  Amendment 1 could change how the SC state superintendent gets their job

When you head to the polls Tuesday for the midterm election, every South Carolina voter will see Amendment 1 listed on the ballot, and it could change how the state superintendent of education gets their job.