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Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

BY JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The study examined toxicology reports for almost 6,700 pilots… Read More »

Stop and frisk, what you should know

By Brooks Davis The recent death of Denzel Curnell, a local man who died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot, has raised many issues for local law enforcement, chief among them are the legality of a “stop and frisk” and racial profiling. In this particular incident, a young African-American man was stopped by a… Read More »

Bail for Northwoods Mall shooting suspect highlights authorities’ struggle with new law

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier When Timothy Xavier McClendon appeared for a bond hearing a day after his arrest in a shooting outside Northwoods Mall, a new state law should have prohibited a magistrate from setting bail for the 16-year-old. The new bond law If a person commits a violent crime when already out… Read More »

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was… Read More »

SC Supreme Court: Jury trials are for adults only

By Cynthia Roldan, The Post and Courier COLUMBIA – South Carolina’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that juveniles do not have a right to a jury trial. The high court upheld South Carolina’s current code, which calls for children’s cases to be held in a separate court without a jury. Family court is designed that… Read More »

Uber Sting in the City of Charleston?

The Post & Courier Regarding the “Uber Driver Sting”, it is illegal in the City of Charleston to offer a taxi service for compensation unless you have had the proper inspections and license. However, if you offer someone a safe ride home and accept only a thank you for payment, you will not be in… Read More »

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Gov. Nikki Haley signs Emma’s Law requiring more DUI locks on cars

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law Monday a bill requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won’t let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking. The governor enacted what was called “Emma’s Law” quietly but plans a… Read More »

‘Emma’s Law’ advances with changes

By Jeremy Borden, The Post & Courier COLUMBIA — A S.C. House panel passed a DUI-related bill known as “Emma’s Law” on Thursday, but not before changing the measure in a way that advocates and victims’ families said weakens it. The bill requires that drunk drivers charged with a DUI install an ignition interlock in their car, which… Read More »

Detailed report about 2013 McClellanville fatal plane crash released

By Natalie Caula Hauff, The Post & Courier What sounded like a scream was heard over the radio. Within five minutes, air traffic controllers had lost all contact with a pilot and a flight instructor aboard the turboprop plane that had been 15,000 feet above McClellanville. Minutes later, someone reported seeing a plane plummeting into… Read More »