Over the years, lawmakers have legally made it easy for themselves to continue making money after leaving office through their connections in the Legislature and elsewhere in state and local government.

Under state law, for example, legislators can become lobbyists just a year after leaving office. In recent years, at least four lawmakers – former state Reps. Kenny Bingham, Dan Cooper, Andy Patrick and Mike Ryhal – have become lobbyists soon after the one-year “cooling off” period, The Nerve found in a review of State Ethics Commission records.

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Post 214 First Vice Commander Pete Belllinger presents Commander Clyde Rector with a plaque of "Legionnaire of the Year." Clyde received the award for his outstanding work and deep devotion to American Legion Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Post 214.

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Mrs. Ensley’s Washington Center class participated in The Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 28th! The Great Kindness Challenge is a one week initiative devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.

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Tigerville, SC –  North Greenville University (NGU) has announced its third major academic reorganization in the last six months, this one involving the College of Christian Studies (COCS). The changes are driven primarily by opportunities for intellectual synergy.

“North Greenville University is dedicated to educating present and future pastors, missionaries, and church staff to be transformational leaders for church and society. With this move, we are bringing all of our biblical, theological, and applied ministry programs together in one unified college,” said Dr. Nathan A. Finn, NGU’s provost and dean of the university faculty.

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State Department of Transportation work crews patched about 43,000 potholes statewide from Jan. 10 to Feb. 3 during the agency’s heavily promoted “Pothole Blitz,” DOT head Christy Hall proudly reported last week.

“So a significant amount of work was done by our team,” Hall told DOT commissioners during Thursday’s commission meeting, adding, “Our districts deserve a lot of credit for recognizing that it was an issue and putting everything they had available to try to get caught up on some of those issues.”

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Dan Steiner, President of Pre-born, America's Leading Pregnancy Ministry, Responds

INDIANAPOLIS -- "This is an indictment against our nation and breaks our Father's heart." Dan Steiner asks, "How big of a problem is this nationally and what is being done on a ground level from a Christ-centered perspective?"

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to count the vote of a deceased judge in an important pay equity case, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The high court’s decision was “per curiam” meaning “for the Court.” Such decisions are not signed. There were no noted dissents.

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