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Monday
Jun272016

June 27 Podcast: AIM, Vote, County Budget and Pro Wrestling

Monday
Jun272016

Court Upholds Gun Bans in Domestic Violence Cases

The Supreme Court is upholding the broad reach of a federal law that bans people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.

The justices on Monday rejected arguments that the law covers only intentional acts of abuse and not those committed in the heat of an argument.

The case involved two Maine men who said their guilty pleas for hitting their partners should not disqualify them from gun ownership.

The dispute drew interest from advocates for victims of domestic abuse who say the law applies to reckless behavior as well as intentional misconduct.

Gun rights groups argued that the men should not lose their constitutional right to bear arms because of misdemeanor abuse convictions.

A federal appeals court ruled against the men.

Monday
Jun272016

Anderosn Runoff Election Features Three Important Seats

Deciding who will be on the ballot in November in Anderson County is a four-letter word: vote. 

In what has traditionally brought low voter turnout, Anderson County will hold runoff elections for three seats tomorrow. All regular polling places will be open for the vote. 

Anderson’s only countywide ballot will help decide who will serve as the 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor, an office that serves both Anderson and Oconee county.  

Voters will decide between Rame Campbell and David Wagner current Solicitor Chrissy Adams, who is stepping down at the end of her term. Wagner almost avoided a runoff earlier this month, taking 49.6 percent of the vote in the primary.

Parts of the county will also choose a county councilman and a state representative. 

The Anderson County Council Dist. 3 is up for grabs after incumbent J. Mitchell Cole finished a close third in the primary.  Voters will chose between newcomer Ray Graham and former Councilman Eddie Moore. Cole has publicly supported Graham in the runoff and is has asked his supporters to do the same. 

“I think it’s time for Anderson County Council to have a fresh voice,” Graham said. “I think I will provide the kind of leadership people of district three can trust.” 

That part of the county will also choose a candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 7 seat.  Belton City Councilman Jay West will face Honea Path businessman Blake Parker in this race. 

The runoff winners in these races are not expected to face any opposition in the November general elections.

Monday
Jun272016

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

In a dramatic ruling, the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law in a victory to supporters of abortion rights who argued that if it had been allowed to go into effect it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state.

The 5-3 ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades and could serve to deter other states from passing so-called "clinic shutdown" laws.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which was joined in full by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
There were two provisions of the law at issue. The first said that doctors have to have local admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the second says that the clinics have to upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards.
Critics say if the 2013 law, known as H.B. 2, is allowed to go into effect it could shutter all but a handful of clinics in a state with 5.4 million women of reproductive age.
Texas countered that the law was passed in response to the Kermit Gosnell scandal. The Pennsylvania man was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder for killing babies that were born alive in his clinic.
Monday
Jun272016

County Smoke Testing on Powdersville Sewers This Week

Anderson County Wastewater Management will be performing a smoke test June 28-July 1 on sewer lines throughout the Powdersville area, the streets affected are as follows:

Three Bridges Road, Hood Road, Highway 81, Highway 153, Cooper Lane, Cely Lane, River Road, McNeely Road, Highway 183, Clair Drive , Corporate Drive, Enterprise Drive, Anderson Road, Simpson Drive, Halter Drive, Powers Boulevard, Charlestown Drive, Wall Street, Barr Circle, Cravens Creek Court, Kalyns Way, Deer Drive, Eagle Bend and Turkey Run 

Smoke may be seen escaping from sewer lines, service lines and plumbing roof vents on structures during the test.  The smoke testing will begin on Tuesday and run through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  The smoke is harmless, and is being applied to determine the need for preventative maintenance. 

For more information, call (864) 260-4023 between the hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

Sunday
Jun262016

State: Lawsuit Takes Aim at Turbeville Speed Trap

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Clarendon County town of Turbeville for its practice of charging speeders under an ordinance that allows the town to keep the fines rather than the state.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports (http://bit.ly/28WI3xk) the lawsuit filed by three law firms seeks nullification of Turbeville's town safety ordinance. It also seeks the return of millions of dollars to drivers who received such tickets since 2003, when the local ordinance was passed.

The ordinance allows Turbeville to write traffic tickets with higher fines than state traffic tickets.

Turbeville administrator Rodney Johnson declined to comment to the newspaper. In 2013, Turbeville police chief David Jones said the fines were intended to "shock the conscious" of speeding drivers who could endanger the safety of residents.

Sunday
Jun262016

Poll: Clinton Now Leads Trump by Double Digits

Support for Donald Trump has plunged as he has alienated fellow Republicans and large majorities of voters overall in the course of a month of self-inflicted controversies, propelling Democrat Hillary Clinton to a double-digit lead nationally in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll of registered voters favored Clinton with 51 percent, leaving Trump with 39 percent of those likely to vote for him.

The survey finds sweeping unease with the presumptive Republican nominee’s candidacy — from his incendiary rhetoric and values to his handling of both terrorism and his own business — foreshadowing that the November election could be a referendum on Trump more than anything else.

Roughly two in three Americans say they think Trump is unqualified to lead the nation; are anxious about the idea of him as president; believe his comments about women, minorities and Muslims show an unfair bias; and see his attacks on a federal judge because of his Mexican American heritage as racist.

A slimmer majority say they disapprove of the way Clinton has handled questions about her use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state, and half of Americans are anxious about the prospect of a Clinton presidency, underscoring the historic unpopularity of the two major-party candidates.

Full Story Here

Saturday
Jun252016

Study: Bad Bosses Mimic Childhood Lessons

If you know of a workplace supervisor who yells, insults or is generally abusive to employees, chances are they were treated similarly as a child, according to research by business school professors at Clemson University.

Clemson research shows abusive bosses repeating their childhood experiences.

Tom Zagenczyk and Kristin Scott, associate professors in the department of management at Clemson, collaborated with three other researchers on the study, which surveyed approximately 190 supervisor/subordinate pairs working in a retail environment.

The study asked supervisory employees how often before 18 years of age they were subjected to criticism, yelling, insults or given the silent treatment. Research showed supervisors who reported being undermined growing up tended to have subordinates who said their supervisors exhibited abusive tendencies.

“We learn by watching other people and tend to enact that behavior ourselves,” Zagenczyk said. “What one experiences as an adolescent is often times played out in their personal and professional lives as adults and the likelihood of that happening is higher in supervisors with low self-control.”

Zagenczyk said negative emotions experienced during adolescence don’t just go away. They often are manifested in adulthood through displaced aggression.

“Displaced aggression is a very common reaction for those whose adolescence was tumultuous. People who have aggressive, demeaning parents believe that type of behavior is acceptable and model after them,” Zagenczyk said. “It’s very common for individuals to aggress against others, such as co-workers, instead of against the source of their anger — often a supervisor — because co-workers cannot sanction them for their behavior. Thus, it is a convenient way to release negative emotions.”

Dealing with demeaning supervisory behavior generally is not a quick fix for an organization and often long-term interventions are needed to address these deep-seated behaviors, Zagenczyk said.

“These are behavioral habits that people have learned over the years, maybe decades. Just telling them there’s a problem isn’t going to change their behavior. Therapy might be the best approach for a person coming to grips with this dysfunction and oftentimes it’s a long process,” he said.

But Zagenczyk added the costs of long-term interventions may be justified because deviant behavior by managers has a trickle-down effect that can poison an organization’s culture and be quite costly from a financial perspective as well.

“Oftentimes a team, department or person within an organization determines what type of behavior is acceptable. In an environment where bad behavior is not punished — or even rewarded — employees learn that the only way to get things done and be successful is through bad behavior, and that does not promote a healthy work culture.”

Joining Zagenczyk and Scott in the research were Christian Kiewitz, University of Dayton; Simon Lloyd D. Restubog, University of New South Wales; Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia, Australian National University, Canberra; and Robert L. Tang, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Philippines.

Saturday
Jun252016

4- H Students to Honor Pinckney at Clemson Conference

High school sophomores and juniors from across South Carolina will convene on the campus of Clemson University next week for a weeklong leadership conference named for the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

The 4-H Clementa Pinckney Leadership Conference begins Sunday, a little more than a year after Pinckney and eight fellow churchgoers were killed June 17, 2015, during a Bible study group meeting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

“Rev. Pinckney was a role model, a mentor, a positive force for children to emulate then and still today,” said South Carolina 4-H program leader Pamela Ardern. “A 4-H alumnus himself, Rev. Pinckney often spoke eloquently of the impact 4-H had on his life. We wanted to honor that with the creation of a conference that will prepare some of our state’s brightest young people to be leaders in their communities.”

Pinckney was a strong advocate of the 4-H program and in April was recipient of the 4-H Distinguished Alumni Medallion from the National 4-H Council. The award was presented to his wife, Jennifer, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

South Carolina 4-H selected 25 students to attend the conference. To apply for the conference, students had to write an essay on leadership and receive a letter of recommendation from their high school principals.

Educational sessions at the conference will focus on understanding various leadership styles and getting to know themselves better. Participants also will participate in numerous activities designed to promote teamwork. They will spend a morning whitewater rafting, for example, and an evening playing capture the flag.

“Leaders will emerge,” Ardern said of the various activities.

Saturday
Jun252016

Univ. of South Carolina Oks 3.5 Percent Tuition Hike

The University of South Carolina has passed its biggest tuition hike in five years.

Local media outlets report the university's board of trustees on Friday approved an average tuition increase of 3.25 percent.

Undergraduate students from South Carolina will pay $11,855 for annual tuition during the upcoming academic year, $373 more than this past year. Out-of-state students will pay $31,283, up $985 from last year.

Chief financial officer Leslie Brunelli says a state-mandated 3.25 percent pay raise for state employees will cost the school $11.8 million. Spokesman Wes Hickman says the state is expected to provide $4.4 million, but the school must pay the rest from tuition revenue.

Clemson University trustees agreed Thursday to raise tuition just over 3 percent for in-state students and over 4 percent for out-of-state students.

Friday
Jun242016

Clemson Raises Tuition, Housing, Meals

Students at Clemson will be paying more for tuition, housing and meals during the coming school year.

Local media outlets report the university's board of trustees on Thursday agreed to raise tuition just over 3 percent for in-state students and over 4 percent for out-of-state students.

That means tuition now for in-state students will be almost $7,200 a semester while out-of-state students will be paying almost $17,000 a semester.

The university is also increasing charges for housing and meals. Housing will now cost on average of almost $2,900 a semester while meal plans on average will cost more than $1,900 a semester.

Friday
Jun242016

Cameron Steps Down as Britain Votes to Exit EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron will step down by October after Britain voted Thursday to leave the European Union after 43 years.

Cameron, who has served as premier for six years, announced his resignation in front of the prime minister's residence at 10 Downing Street on Friday morning after the so-called "Brexit" was approved by the British public.

Cameron warned of economic and national security calamity if the Britain left the 28-nation bloc and strongly urged his countrymen to vote for remain in the EU. A slight majority, 52 percent to 48 percent, voted to leave.

"The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered," Cameron said.

"I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain who steers the country to its next destination," said Cameron.

He will step down during Conservative Party's annual conference in October.

Thursday
Jun232016

Haley Signs Ethics Bills

Gov. Nikki Haley has signed two ethics laws on income disclosure and independent investigations of legislators.

The Republican governor signed the measures Thursday in Easley, where she thanked Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin for his work on ethics reform over the last four years. She also endorsed Martin, who's in a primary runoff Tuesday for the Pickens County seat.

Starting next year, all elected and appointed officials must report their private income sources - but not the amounts - on their annual ethics filings. They must also report who pays their spouses and dependent children.

The other law sends complaints against legislators to a restructured State Ethics Commission, allowing for an independent review.

Currently, House and Senate ethics committees oversee campaign finance filings and handle complaints against their colleagues.