Qualifying opens for upcoming general elections in Chatham Co.

Monday, Aug. 19 is the first day to qualify for the November general election. Local races will decide the mayor as well as multiple aldermen positions.

  Pete Buttigieg campaigns in the Lowcountry

Andrew Yang makes stops in the Lowcountry during campaign visit

Georgia’s Abrams announces voter protection program

  Garden City mayor announces re-election campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to campaign in the Lowcountry

  Lowcountry rallies against gun violence, highlights support for Latino community

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Georgia faces tight timeline for replacing voting system

  U.S. Rep. Rick Allen tours Montgomery County High School

  Filing begins for Town of Bluffton’s 2020 elections positions

  Bluffton residents can check voter eligibility before November

State lawmaker, brother of church shooting victim, urging others to take action after mass shootings

  Rep. Buddy Carter weighs in on recent mass shootings

  ACLU visits Savannah film meeting to discuss potential impacts of ‘Heartbeat Bill’

The backlash of the Heartbeat Bill has production companies threatening not to bring their business to the state of Georgia if the bill goes into effect.

Understanding adverse childhood experiences and their long term impacts

First Sergeant Walter “Shawn” McDaniels has been with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for more than 15 years.

  Mueller dismisses Trump’s claims of Russia probe exoneration

The Capitol Hill appearance, Mueller's first since wrapping his two-year Russia probe, unfolded at a moment of deep divisions in Congress and the country, with many Americans hardened in their opinions about the success of Trump's presidency.

LINK: Read the redacted Mueller Report

Read and download the the full redacted Mueller Report.

  Store owned by Alderman Thomas evicted from Savannah Mall

Former Congressman, SC Gov. Mark Sanford mulling run for president

Lawmakers push to close wage gap in S.C.

  Gov. Kemp tours Quick Start facility in Pooler

Attorney General, US Senators, tour Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield

  ‘Margie’s Law’ now in effect, requiring healthcare facilities to inform patients of dense breast tissue

New GA law aims to prevent crimes related to abuse

There is a new law in Georgia that was created in hopes of saving the lives of children like Elwyn and Mary Crocker - two Effingham County teenagers who were found buried in their family’s backyard.

New laws take effect July 1 in Ga.

Several new laws will go into effect Monday in Georgia.

  Beaufort city leaders pleased after offshore drilling ban clears House

The offshore drilling ban Beaufort city leaders pushed for has now cleared the U.S. House and is moving on to the Senate.

  County by county breakdown of top googled Democratic candidates

Google is giving an inside look into which Democratic debate candidates the American public is researching.

Teacher group returns to State House nearly two months after rally

Nearly two months after the May 1st rally, SC For Ed returned to the State House.

Governor says state making progress combating opioid crisis

Governor Henry McMaster (R-South Carolina) sat in on the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee’s meeting Tuesday morning.

Ga. senators urge removal of ship-to-shore cranes from next proposed round of China tariffs

Two U.S. Senators from Georgia have written to the Trump administration asking to remove important port equipment from the proposed fourth round of tariffs on Chinese imports.

22 presidential candidates head to South Carolina for Clyburn’s fish fry

One of the biggest events so far for Democratic candidates’ kicked off Friday night in Columbia.

  Zoning amendment pertaining to campaign signs canceled in Savannah

City staff put together amendments for council to consider that would change zoning pertaining to campaign signs at this week’s regular council meeting, but the motion was cancelled.

  GA senator pushing for healthy lifestyle incentives

Senator David Perdue submitted the Personal Health Investment Today, or "PHIT" Act.

  Biden’s words on segregationist senators draw rivals’ fire

Biden didn't back down Wednesday and was particularly defiant in the face of criticism from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who said the former vice president should apologize.

  Re-election launch watch party held Tuesday in Savannah for President Trump

Watch parties gathered across the Coastal Empire as President Donald Trump announced his re-election campaign, Tuesday night.

  Congressional softball game to raise money for fight against cancer

The women of Congress prepare for a showdown with the press, but it’s all in good fun.

New requirements for rideshare drivers in effect in South Carolina

If you hailed an Uber or Lyft ride over the weekend you may have noticed something different on the vehicle you got into you.

  New voting precincts possibly coming to Chatham County

The next time some Chatham County voters head to the polls, it could be in a new location.

Governor Brian Kemp takes tour of ‘Employability’

Employability helps adults looks for a job who have developmental disabilities.

Organization says they would have preferred hand marked ballots for new voting system

Lynn Teague with the League of Women Voters said she’s glad the new voting system for South Carolina has a paper trail.

South Carolina upgrades to new paper-based voting system

For the first time in 15 years, the state of South Carolina is getting a new voting system.

South Carolina upgrades to new paper-based voting system

For the first time in 15 years, the state of South Carolina is getting a new voting system.

  Current Tybee councilman enters name into mayoral race

Another member of Tybee Island City Council throwing her hat into the ring to run for mayor.

  Congressman Carter tours Tiny House Project in Savannah

A Tiny House community will soon serve 72 homeless veterans in Savannah.

  State Representative Weston Newton provides legislative update in Bluffton

A state representative met with his constituents over pizza Wednesday.

Carolina Panthers officially become ‘two states, one team’

Adrian McCrorey says the city of Rock Hill is buzzing after the Panthers officially announced they were moving to town.

LGBT advocates sue Trump’s HHS, SC for discriminating against same-sex foster parents

LGBT advocates have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of South Carolina on behalf of a lesbian couple who were discriminated against by a government foster care agency for failing to meet it’s religious criteria.

  Tybee councilwoman announces plans to run for mayor

Tybee Councilwoman Shirley Sessions has officially announced her plans to run for mayor of Tybee Island.

  Mueller’s public statement fuels calls for Trump impeachment

Special counsel Robert Mueller's first — and possibly last — public statement on the Russia investigation is fueling fresh calls on Capitol Hill to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, a step that Democratic leaders have so far resisted.

Tybee Island mayor not seeking re-election, running for Chatham Co. chairman

The current mayor of Tybee Island has announced he is running for the chair of Chatham County.

  Republican Convention being held this weekend in Savannah

Delegates from all over the state are in town to elect new party leadership, and to build support from within the Republican Party ahead of next year’s Presidential election.

Board of Elections looking to add new polling locations in Pooler

The Chatham County Board of Elections is looking to expand voting opportunities in Pooler.

Senators pass bill that would create tax credits for sports teams

On the last day of session, Senators continued their debate on a bill that advocates say would help lure the Carolina Panthers to South Carolina.

Vote on abortion bill delayed after chaos erupts in Alabama Senate

The Alabama Senate adjourned Thursday morning without voting on the controversial bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state.

Uber bill spurred by student’s killing nears passage in SC

A bill intended to improve safety for ride sharing services prompted by the killing of a college student in March is close to heading to the South Carolina governor's desk

  Film industry won’t feel “catastrophic” impact from Heartbeat Bill, industry experts say

Some high profile Hollywood actors want the film industry to boycott Georgia because of the new law, but Gov. Kemp doesn’t think movie production will be impacted.

  Margie’s Law’ signed, requiring healthcare facilities to inform patients of dense breast tissue

Governor Brian Kemp signed Margie’s Law on Thursday.

Funding for some attack ads, mailers, still a mystery in SC

Some organizations who run attack ads around election time don’t have to say where they get their money from in South Carolina.

Cracking down on underage drinking in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (SC DAODAS) says every year about 85 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol use. They say all of these deaths could have been prevented.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t run for Senate in 2020

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams tells The Associated Press that she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020 despite being heavily recruited by national party leaders

  State Representative Carl Gilliard holding economic empowerment summit in Savannah

He holds summits like this one each year, bringing resources to our community to offer help with career development and other opportunities.

  Gov. Kemp signs bill that means new name, new authority for convention center in Savannah

About $20 million has already been set aside through state and local efforts to keep the design phase of the convention expansion on track.

SC family advocating for bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to minors

A Midlands family is advocating for legislation to ban stores from selling energy drinks to minors.

SC House passes bill to ban abortions once heartbeat detected

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives will discuss a bill that would make abortions illegal in our state as long as a heartbeat can be detected.

  Gov. Kemp announces investment project coming to Pooler

The governor says the company will bring more than 150 jobs and invest more than $170 million.

Lighted sign requirement removed from SC Uber safety bill

A Senate subcommittee voted Tuesday to scrap a requirement for a lighted sign and instead require drivers to display their license tag numbers on a sign on the front of their vehicles.

Grassroots group hoping to stop potential sale of Santee Cooper

Glenn Stephens retired last June after working for Santee Cooper for 35 years. He is now a part of the grassroots effort to pump the brakes on a potential sale of the only state-owned public utility.

Interim director discusses ‘hostile and toxic’ work environment at state agency

During his confirmation hearing Department on Aging interim director, Steven Morris read a letter from a long-time state employee who resigned this year.

  U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Lowcountry

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren was in the Lowcountry Monday for part of her 2020 presidential campaign.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren hosting organizing event in Beaufort County

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is hosting an organizing event in Beaufort County on Monday, April 15.

  2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke makes stop in Lowcountry

Just last month, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke announced he is planning to run for president.

Cross-over deadline at the State House

Some of the more controversial bills at the South Carolina State House will be facing more of an uphill battle.

Out of time: Several bills won’t make Wednesday’s crossover deadline to become law in SC

Time is running out for bills that could potentially become law in the Palmetto State.

  Local industry leaders say Heartbeat Bill should not affect film production in Savannah

With Georgia Governor Brian Kemp expected to sign House Bill 481 into law in the coming weeks, many with ties to the film industry are wondering what, if any, impact it could have on film productions coming to Savannah.

  Georgia lawmakers pass measure giving access for low-THC oil

The Georgia House and Senate reached an agreement Tuesday on access to low THC-oil for patients in Georgia. It’s unclear what the agreement means in terms of cultivation and dispensaries.

  Tuesday is ‘Sine Die Day’ at the Atlanta Capitol

It’s the final day for Georgia’s 2019 legislative session.Several proposals have already been passed and sent to Gov. Kemp, but there are a few bills that could be considered.

GA lawmakers denounce HBCU senate bill; another bill introduced

Some Georgia senators are now under fire from three Georgia historically black colleges, including Albany State University, after a proposal to consolidate the universities into a new state system.

Georgia House passes ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

Bucking intense opposition from abortion rights groups, citizens and doctors, the Georgia House has given final approval to a "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban outlawing almost all abortions in the state

  Governor Kemp comments on Heartbeat Bill controversy

A prominent Hollywood organization is encouraging other members of the film industry to oppose Georgia’s controversial abortion bill.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

  Savannahians heading to Capitol for ‘Pink Out the Halls’

Savannahians are packing their bags and heading to the Georgia Capitol Tuesday morning for “Pink Out the Halls."