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How one South Carolina woman escaped a kidnapping

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WFXB) – A 20-year old South Carolina woman says she will never drive an automatic car again after she was able to get away from kidnappers, thanks to her stick shift. Jordan Dinsmore attends Midlands Tech. Last week, she was abducted at gunpoint from her apartment parking lot and forced to drive her suspects around Columbia. Because the…

Gov. McMaster keeps his promise, vetoes gas tax bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WFXB) – Gov. Henry McMaster is keeping his promise – he vetoed the bill that would raise the gas tax in South Carolina that would fix the state’s crumbling roads. The governor posted a video to Twitter Tuesday, explaining his reasons for vetoing the bill that would eventually raise $600 million annually for roadwork. Despite his efforts, the veto…

S.C. bills on medical marijuana, guns among those dead for the year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WFXB) – The state legislation that lets more people carry guns without permits, legalizes medical marijuana and borrows money to repair public buildings statewide are among proposals dead for the year. One issue that isn’t dead just yet – fixing South Carolina’s deteriorating roadways. Legislators are poised to pass the state’s first gas tax hike in 30 years,…

Constitutional carry bill passes in SC House

COLUMBIA S.C. (WFXB) – The South Carolina House passed a bill Wednesday to allow anyone who can legally buy a gun to carry it without any kind of permit. It’s called constitutional carry or permitless carry. Under the bill, someone could carry a gun concealed or openly. The bill passed 64-46. After a routine third reading on Thursday, the bill goes…

Medical marijuana bill advances in SC House

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WFXB) – Medical cannabis is one step closer to becoming legal in South Carolina. House lawmakers passed a medical marijuana bill at a sub-committee Tuesday night. The bill would allow doctors to recommend up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to their patients who are suffering with health ailments. Doctors, researchers and residents all testified Tuesday. The South Carolina Law…

Proposed law aims to block porn in South Carolina

A new proposal in South Carolina aims to prevent people who buy computers in the Palmetto State from accessing porn online. A bill from state Rep. Bill Chumley would require sellers to install digital blocking capabilities on computers and other devices that access the internet to prevent the viewing of obscene content. The bill also would prohibit access to any…

Escaped South Carolina inmate captured after officer stabbing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WFXB) –  Authorities say the inmate who escaped from custody Wednesday night and allegedly stabbed a police officer has been captured. The Columbia Police Department says the suspect, 47-year-old Michael Allen Williamson, was found around 11AM this morning in the town of Lexington. Williamson escaped Wednesday night from McCormick Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison. Authorities say the female officer…

Trump picks SC Gov. Nikki Haley to be US ambassador

It has been a big week for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and today, she has reportedly accepted president-elect Donald Trump’s offer to be ambassador to the UN. Trump tapping the 44 year old two-term governor as he heads to Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday. Haley, who was an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race met the…