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Best News Story of 2014 

“Till Death Do Us Part”

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The Post and Courier’s in-depth series on domestic violence and enforcement has been making waves in the Statehouse, where legislators are currently hammering out an overhaul of laws relating to domestic violence. One sticking point that was raised by the P&C series is that people who have been convicted of domestic violence are still allowed to own firearms in South Carolina. The lead sentence on the newspaper’s web series is as damning a statement about lawmaking priorities as we’ve read all year: “More than 300 women have been shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned, or burned to death by men in South Carolina over the past decade, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse.” Hats off to the investigative team of Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes, and Natalie Caula Hauff who shed a light on a real dark spot in our state’s laws.

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