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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 »

Stuck with a suspended license?

By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press BLYTHEWOOD — Some South Carolina drivers with suspended licenses will get a chance later this month to have their driving privileges restored. From March 10 to 14, the Department of Motor Vehicles will reduce or clear certain suspensions if all fines are paid, certain insurance papers are filed, and… Read More »

Eyes in the sky: Small drones have FAA shaping regulations

By Christina Elmore, The Post & Courier Like something out of a science-fiction flick, the four-rotor apparatus looks the part of an oversize, mechanical dragonfly. A distinct hum similar to the insect exudes from the gadget when it hovers at eye level. The buzz fades to silence in seconds when the device darts skyward and… Read More »