On Friday, Oct. 25, President Trump made a nationally televised speech at Columbia’s Benedict College. Trump received an award for the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation he signed that seeks to reduce recidivism and increases good conduct time for the incarcerated. Only seven students of the HBCU were in attendance. Source: The State

A York County man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for $150 worth of cocaine. Although he could have pled guilty and received an eight year sentence for his third felony drug offense, he rejected the plea and went to trial. The judge, visiting Circuit Court Judge Jocelyn Newman, said her job was to rule on the law, and state law for a third strike was life without parole. Source: Herald Online

A rec league kickball umpire has filed a lawsuit alleging Moncks Corner mayor Michael Lockliear of having him fired due to a call that went against the mayor’s team. Graylnn Moran Jr., who worked part time officiating kickball, has asked Governor McMaster and S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson to investigate. Source: The State

Police across the state are using private security cameras like Ring to solve crime. In some places, including Mt. Pleasant and Horry County, the police have partnered with the technology company so they can request footage directly from the camera using the Neighbors app. Privacy advocates are concerned that the cameras will be abused, as there aren’t rules about how long the footage can be kept, what is done with the footage, and that police could use the cameras to spy on civilians. Source: P&C

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