by Sam Spence
The Agenda, published each morning, features the top Charleston-area stories you'll want to know each day.
Charleston BAR approves modern Clemson design for Meeting St. building
The Charleston Board of Architectural Review gave conceptual approval to what would be the first new example of modern architecture in historic downtown Charleston in some time before a packed house Wednesday night.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Post and Courier
Feds approve 'toothless' voter ID law for 2013 implementation
Voters going to the polls next month won't have to make sure grandma brings her driver's license to be able to step into a voting booth, according to a federal ruling which upheld much of the state's new voter ID laws, but that could change soon, pending a legal appeal.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Haire of the Dog (CP), Politico, Post and Courier, New York Times
Charleston to consider plans to improve Sam Rittenberg, Hwy. 61 intersection
West Ashley commuters may soon have a little bit of an easier ride home if the city takes up plans to improve the busy Sam Rittenberg Blvd/Hwy. 61 intersection that causes daily backups around drivetime.
Sources: West Of
District 41 Senate race pits two friends against each other
The race between Republican Paul Thurmond and Democrat Paul Tinkler sees former lawyer-buddies against each other in the general election race to take over the district once held by now Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.
Sources: Post and Courier'
Greenville cyclist Hincapie testifies against Lance Armstring in anti-doping report
A new U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report shows damning evidence against former seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, including, for the first time, testimony by Greenville resident and former teammate George Hincapie implicating a complicated doping scheme in place as he trained and competed with Armstrong in support of his multiple wins.
Sources: Post and Courier/AP
Machinists union targets Boeing S.C. employees
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers targeted Boeing South Carolina workers in a recent mailing, notifying them of a meeting the union plans to host for Boeing employees and providing more information on the benefits the union says it can offer workers. Boeing has been under fire for locating its 787 operations in South Carolina after a well-publicized labor dispute with its workers in Washington. Gov. Nikki Haley has pledged to "keep the unions out," encouraging companies looking for non-union workers to consider locating their operations in the Palmetto State.
Sources: Charleston Regional Business Journal