Meg Kinnard, WCBD

Meg Kinnard


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Past articles by Meg:

Ex-SC mayor taking over White House Office of Engagement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday announced the appointment of former Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin as a top adviser, filling a key White House role from a state that has become crucial to the Democratic Party ahead of the 2024 election cycle. Benjamin will become director of the White House […] → Read More

Chair of South Carolina Democrats isn’t seeking reelection

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Trav Robertson, the leader of South Carolina’s Democrats, said Wednesday that he won’t seek another term as party chair as the state prepares to host the party’s first 2024 presidential primary in the nation. “With the hard work of our leadership — with the teamwork of many — we have made so […] → Read More

Trump to be joined by Graham, McMaster at Jan. 28 SC event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump will be joined by two of his highest-profile South Carolina supporters — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Gov. Henry McMaster — at the first public campaign event of his 2024 White House bid later this month in the early voting state. Trump will be at the Statehouse […] → Read More

Trump to hold first public 2024 campaign event in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is planning to hold the first public campaign event of his 2024 White House bid in the early-voting state of South Carolina. Campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung told The Associated Press on Thursday that Trump will visit South Carolina later this month. No other details were immediately announced. Since announcing his […] → Read More

South Carolina’s Mace gets boost from McCarthy, Gabbard

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina is getting a boost from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other political figures in the closing week before the midterm elections as she seeks a second term representing her fast-growing district. On Wednesday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, the Cuban American politician who […] → Read More

Cunningham picks former fighter pilot as SC gov running mate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Cunningham has chosen Tally Parham Casey, a civil litigator who flew fighter jets during three combat tours over Iraq, to be his running mate in his quest to become South Carolina’s first Democratic governor in 20 years. “She’s one of the most impressive people that I’ve ever met,” said Cunningham, […] → Read More

SC Dem seeks age limit for ‘geriatric’ politicians

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham is proposing an age limit for South Carolina politicians — a cap that would cut off the 75-year-old incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster — and making a veiled argument that even fellow Democrats like President Joe Biden are staying “in office way past their prime.” “Our country and our […] → Read More

GOP candidate’s security clearance becomes issue in SC

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — After losing a high-profile bid for a South Carolina congressional seat in 2018, Republican Katie Arrington took a job at the Defense Department, where … → Read More

Preliminary 3.3 magnitude quake jolts South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered just northeast of South Carolina’s capital city jolted large numbers of state residents awake early Monday, rocking the Southern state at a preliminary 3.3 magnitude, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries. The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds but […] → Read More

After Trump backed her foe, SC’s Mace says she raised $1M

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina raised more than $1 million in the first quarter of this year. The Republican told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the bulk of that haul came in the weeks after former President Donald Trump threw his backing behind one of her GOP primary opponents. Mace said that […] → Read More

Judge Michelle Childs honored by South Carolina lawyer group

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina federal judge recently under consideration for a slot on the U.S. Supreme Court has received a top legal award from a trial lawyer group in her home state. The South Carolina Association for Justice announced Monday that Michelle Childs has been named recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to […] → Read More

Dylann Roof takes church shooting appeal to US Supreme Court

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for convicted church shooter Dylann Roof have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide how to handle disagreements over mental illness-related evidence between capital defendants and their attorneys. Authorities have said Roof opened fire during a 2015 Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church, killing nine members of the Black […] → Read More

Whisper campaigns grow as Biden nears choice for high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Too progressive. Too moderate. Bad for workers. The whispers and background chatter about top contenders for the Supreme Court are growing as President Biden zeroes in on a nominee to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. And while the president is eager for input, the White House insists he’s not going to be […] → Read More

Another quake: Minor earthquakes continue near South Carolina capital city

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Minor earthquakes are continuing to rumble in an area near South Carolina’s capital city that has tallied at least eight over the last week. The U.S. Geological Survey says that a 2.5-magnitude quake was registered before 6 a.m. Monday near Elgin, about 25 miles northeast of Columbia. The earthquake was the […] → Read More

South Carolina abortion appellate hearing moved to January

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Appellate arguments over a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s abortion law have been pushed into the new year. Oral arguments in the case had originally been planned for next month, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rescheduled them for the last week in January, according to an order from […] → Read More

Rickenmann wins runoff to become next mayor of Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Daniel Rickenmann, a longtime city council member backed by Republicans, has been chosen as the mayor of South Carolina’s capital city, a victory that came despite heavy-hitting Democratic endorsements for his opponent. Tameika Isaac Devine and Rickenmann were the top vote-getters in the Nov. 2 election, although neither netted the majority […] → Read More

SC gov hopeful Mia McLeod gets ‘Higher Heights’ backing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A national organization dedicated to electing progressive Black women at all levels has given its backing to state Sen. Mia McLeod in the South Carolina governor’s race. Higher Heights for America on Monday called the Democratic candidate “a fierce advocate for jobs, economic and workforce development.” That organization had given its […] → Read More

Dylann Roof’s request to reconsider recusal is denied

Dylann Roof’s chances for a new appellate hearing continue to dwindle. Roof is challenging his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused to reconsider recusing itself from his appeal. Roof’s attorneys wanted the judges […] → Read More

Gov. Henry McMaster has raised $3.5M for reelection

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster brought in more than $1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter. That figure eclipsed the amount one of his Democratic challengers has raised overall since launching his campaign. The Republican’s campaign said Friday that his third-quarter haul brings McMaster’s total for the 2022 election so […] → Read More

Court keeps South Carolina school mask mandate ban on hold

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina districts can continue to require face coverings in the state’s schools under an appellate court’s decision this week. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request by state Attorney General Alan Wilson that a law prohibiting school mask mandates be allowed to take effect while […] → Read More