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MY LAST NERVE: Is Common Core Dead in S.C.? Nobody Knows.

Aug. 1, 2014, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

A recent meeting between senators and public education officials on the subject of Common Core reveals the depth of confusion created by South Carolina's bewildering government structure. 

City-Paid Attorney Playing on Both Sides in Columbia Water-Sewer Fund Controversy

July 30, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On the McAngus Goudelock & Courie law firm's website, Columbia attorney M. McMullen Taylor is listed as the board chairperson of Congaree Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting Midlands rivers.

The Nerve Rides with Uber ‘Outlaw’

July 28, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Editor’s Note: A Nerve reporter on Friday rode with a driver for UberX, a recently launched ridesharing service that state regulators contend is operating illegally in South Carolina. The name of the driver was changed in this story to protect his identity.

DSS Flush with Reserve Funds in Recent Years amid Caseworker Shortages

July 24, 2014, 1:47 p.m. by Rick Brundrett

At a Senate panel hearing Wednesday, the S.C. Department of Social Services’ deputy director said it would cost $10 million to hire 202 staffers to reduce child-welfare caseloads statewide that have received heightened attention with recent child deaths.

S.C. Cops to Uber: Follow Regs or Face Charges

July 23, 2014, 6:47 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Police in South Carolina are poised to start ticketing drivers for a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing service that recently launched in the Palmetto State, The Nerve found in a survey of police agencies.

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MY LAST NERVE: Is Common Core Dead in S.C.? Nobody Knows.

Aug. 1, 2014, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

A recent meeting between senators and public education officials on the subject of Common Core reveals the depth of confusion created by South Carolina's bewildering government structure. 

City-Paid Attorney Playing on Both Sides in Columbia Water-Sewer Fund Controversy

July 30, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On the McAngus Goudelock & Courie law firm's website, Columbia attorney M. McMullen Taylor is listed as the board chairperson of Congaree Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting Midlands rivers.

The Nerve Rides with Uber ‘Outlaw’

July 28, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Editor’s Note: A Nerve reporter on Friday rode with a driver for UberX, a recently launched ridesharing service that state regulators contend is operating illegally in South Carolina. The name of the driver was changed in this story to protect his identity.

DSS Flush with Reserve Funds in Recent Years amid Caseworker Shortages

July 24, 2014, 1:47 p.m. by Rick Brundrett

At a Senate panel hearing Wednesday, the S.C. Department of Social Services’ deputy director said it would cost $10 million to hire 202 staffers to reduce child-welfare caseloads statewide that have received heightened attention with recent child deaths.

S.C. Cops to Uber: Follow Regs or Face Charges

July 23, 2014, 6:47 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Police in South Carolina are poised to start ticketing drivers for a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing service that recently launched in the Palmetto State, The Nerve found in a survey of police agencies.

‘Destroyed’ Ethics Commission Letter Not Related to New Media Policy, Director Says

July 21, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Nearly eight months after a “destroyed” State Ethics Commission letter was provided to The Nerve, the longtime director of the state ethics-watchdog agency still won’t explain how the letter exists despite his earlier statements to the contrary.

S.C. Top Court Upholds Legislative Delegation's Power Over School District

July 18, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

If you think that local school districts in South Carolina are controlled by their school boards or superintendents, you might want to check out Act 294 of 2010.

Criminal Charges Possible Against Uber Drivers, State Agency Says

July 16, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On June 17, George Parker, a law enforcement officer with the state Office of Regulatory Staff, attended a meeting in Columbia aimed at recruiting drivers for UberX, a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing business that launched Thursday in the Capital City, Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.

S.C. Supreme Court Supporting Secrecy in Harrell Case?

July 14, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

All courts shall be public, and every person shall have speedy remedy therein for wrongs sustained. – Article 1, Section 9, S.C. Constitution.

South Carolina’s top court, however, apparently ignored the first part of the above sentence last week in its ruling involving House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Commerce Won’t Release Meeting Minutes of $35.7 Million Grant for Tire Plant

July 11, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On June 16, Gov. Nikki Haley announced that Singapore-based Giti Tire would locate a $560 million manufacturing plant in Chester County, bringing 1,700 jobs over 10 years.