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Robert Kittle


Columbia, SC, United States

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Past articles by Robert:

SC Attorney General Investigating Opioid Manufacturers

"From 2011 to 2015, there were nearly 3,300 deaths due to opioid overdoses,” AG Alan Wilson says. “That's an epidemic, in my opinion." → Read More

SC Governor, Lt. Governor Make Moves Against Planned Parenthood Funds

On January 18, 2017, then-President Obama finalized a new federal rule that required that states provide Title X grants to groups like Planned Parenthood. But Congress and President Trump repealed that rule effective April 13th. → Read More

SC Police Cadets Get Retraining on Traffic Stops

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel was reviewing state statistics and noticed the increase in officers shooting into vehicles.. In 2014, there were 13 cases of police shooting into vehicles that were being used as weapons. Thirteen in 2015. → Read More

USC Opens New Vault To Store Historic Marine Corps Films

The University of South Carolina cut the ribbon Thursday on a new cold-storage vault to house a collection of 18,000 cans of film taken by the U.S. Marine Corps. The films include footage from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as peacetime footage of training at Parris Island. Most of the film has never been seen by the public. → Read More

New Laws Should Boost SC's Growing Beer, Distilling Industries

One of the new laws allows breweries to also sell liquor, which is helpful to brewpubs like Hunter-Gatherer in Columbia. → Read More

New Child Safety Seat Law in Effect in SC

The new law also requires children to ride in the back seat until they’re eight years old, compared to six in the previous law. → Read More

Palmetto Poison Center Issues Caffeine Warning After Teen's Death

In a two-hour period, Davis Cripe drank a large Diet Mountain Dew, a latte, and an energy drink. He says Cripe didn’t have any family history of a problem that would have been made worse by caffeine. → Read More

How to Get Money Back from the New SC Gas Tax

Part of the new law to fix South Carolina roads is a tax credit or rebate that will allow sate taxpayers to get back the additional gas tax they’ll pay. → Read More

SC To Start Aerospace Engineering Curriculum in High Schools

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)—Some South Carolina high school students will be able to take aerospace engineering classes starting this fall. The state is launching a pilot program in five high schools this fall and a sixth in the 2018-19 school year. The program is aimed at providing the state’s growing aerospace industry with the highly-skilled workers it needs. Adrianne Beasley, director of Aerospace… → Read More

State Department Wants To Approve Haley's Speeches Beforehand

The New York Times is reporting that the State Department wants to approve U. S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley’s speeches beforehand. → Read More

Governor Appears Unlikely to Remove DPS Director after Critical Report

OLUMBIA, S.C. (WLTX)—It appears Gov. Henry McMaster will not be removing Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith, despite a legislative oversight report criticizing his leadership of the agency. The House Legislative Oversight Subcommittee issued its report last Friday, saying Smith has mismanaged the agency. “This mismanagement has resulted in a downward spiral of morale among agency… → Read More

New Pressure on SC Senate to Pass Roads Plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)—There’s new pressure on the South Carolina Senate to pass a plan to fix state roads, after more than half the House held a news conference to say not passing a plan the last three years has already cost South Carolinians more than $1 billion in deteriorating roads. "The cost of further deterioration to our road system is $385 million each year that we don't act," said House… → Read More

SC Prison Problems Caused by Underfunding says Justice Group

A criminal justice group has an idea about why the SC Department of Corrections is having so many promblems at its prisons. → Read More

Daylight Saving Time Change Sunday Could Affect Road Safety

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)—Daylight saving time starts this Sunday morning at 2 a.m., meaning you should set your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed Saturday night. That loss of one hour’s sleep can have serious consequences. A study by a doctoral student at the University of Colorado-Boulder found that fatal crashes increased by about six percent in the six days right after the spring time… → Read More

Bill Would Allow Manslaughter Charges if Dealers' Drugs Kill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)—The South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee debated a bill Tuesday that would allow involuntary manslaughter charges against drug dealers whose drugs result in deaths. "Certain places in the state, they will charge if someone sells fentanyl to somebody and that person then dies, they will then charge with involuntary manslaughter. But in other places they will not. So the… → Read More

Lawmakers Discuss Execution Options Since SC Has No Lethal Injection Drugs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)—South Carolina has 38 men on death right now but no way to carry out the death penalty. → Read More

One Couple to Win $38K Wedding from USC

Columbia, SC (WLTX) One lucky couple is going to win a free wedding worth about $38,000 in exchange for letting hospitality students at the University of South Carolina plan and put on the ceremony. → Read More

Bill Would Allow S.C. Teachers to Carry Guns in Class

lA new bill in the South Carolina House aims to better protect children by creating new “School Protection Officers,” who would → Read More

USC Student is a Clemson Fan Who Hates Gamecocks

George Smythe is a third-year law student at the University of South Carolina, but he’s a Clemson fan. "I've hated USC since the first game, and probably will hate USC for the rest of my life,” he says. → Read More

New SC Law Helps Charities Assist More Families

Columbia, SC (WLTX) A new law that took effect in South Carolina on January 1 removes the sales tax on construction materials bought by charities that build and renovate homes for low-income families. → Read More