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More Than 1,000 SC Bridges Structurally Deficient

By Dan Cook
Friday, April 25, 2014 |
More than 1,000 bridges in South Carolina are structurally deficient, according to an analysis of federal data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Nonetheless, Gov. Nikki Haley has vowed to veto any attempt to raise the state's gas tax to fund transportation projects.

A national litter report by Steve Spacek ranks South Carolina as the dirtiest state in the country. Washington state was ranked the cleanest. The report was released by the American Society of Public Administration. [copy corrected]

The 2014 American State Litter Scorecard:USA's Cleanest & Dirtiest States from American State Litter Scorecard

South Carolina State University is "a month away from running out of money," the Times & Democrat reported.

The S.C. Supreme Court shot down a challenge by the state Libertarian Party to the state's election laws. The Libertarian Party had argued that a new state law would require it to hold a primary; the court ruled that it did not.

How British is Columbia, SC? Perhaps more so than you might have thought. You probably already know about the British Bulldog Pub and the Tartan Day South festival. You might know about the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, too. But do you know about Columbia Women's Rugby, Laura's Tea Room and the St. Andrew's Society? BBC America takes a look at all the British culture you didn't know Columbia had.

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