Columbia Free Times

DSS Needs 200 New Case Workers to Curb Problems

Also: Voters Not Happy with General Assembly
By Dan Cook | Thursday, July 24, 9:39 am
Agency says it needs more workers to address shortcomings in handling child welfare issues.
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Raise the Gas Tax — We Need Better Roads

By Free Times Readers | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I can’t remember when cutting taxes was not part of politicians’ platforms, outraged citizens’ groups demands and conservative PACs’ mission statements.
News. Brief.

S.C. Court Rulings Worry Open-Government Advocates

Plus: Judge Orders Release of James Brown Documents
By Free Times | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
State Sen. Larry Martin tells the Post and Courier he’ll propose some legislative fixes to two recent rulings by the state Supreme Court that have journalists and open-government advocates worried.
Local and State News

City Votes to Ban Adults Without Kids from Some Playgrounds

New Law Raises Constitutional Eyebrows
By Eva Moore | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Columbia City Council approved a new ordinance July 15 that will allow “minor child play zones” in certain public parks — areas that people older than 12 are restricted from entering unless they’re accompanying a child.
Local and State News

Can Lawmakers Force S.C. Universities to Teach Founding Documents?

1924 Law Poses Problems, Say Professors, Administrators
By Rodney Welch | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Does the State of South Carolina have any constitutional authority to mandate teaching college students the founding documents of the country?
Local and State News

Former SCGOP Director Defends His Twitter Antics

By Paul Bowers | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
After years of relentless trolling, Todd Kincannon’s Twitter life has caught up with his real life.
Lexington News Briefs

Council Sets West Columbia Strong Mayor Vote for Sept. 30

Plus, Lexington Elections Chairman Resigns in Protest of Penny Tax Ballot
By Al Dozier | Friday, July 18, 2014
News roundup from Lexington-area governments
City Watch

Supreme Court Reverses Call, Manning at Free Throw Line Again

By Kevin Fisher | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
State House Report

Governors Serve Longer and Get More Done Than They Used To

By Andy Brack | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Lighter Side
Crime Blotter

Columbia Man Busted for Turtle Trafficking

Plus: Richland County Sheriff Poser, House Shooting
Rant & Rave

Does fish oil have mercury in it, too, or do I need to go fish?

Plus: Uber Impressions
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