The Agenda: Zucker to boost USC, the Saga of Sandy, Ports remain poised

More ethics questions for Harrell

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Businesswoman and philanthropist Anita Zucker. - MIKE LEDFORD
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  • Businesswoman and philanthropist Anita Zucker.

Zucker donates $5 million to USC aerospace program
Anita Zucker, chairwoman and CEO of the North Charleston-based InterTech Group, announced Thursday that she will donate $5 million to USC's McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research.
Sources: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Post and Courier, The State

Ports officials say Charleston in a good position
In his annual State of the Ports address, State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome said that with the harbor's dredging project underway, Charleston is poised to take advantage of its position as one of the only ports deep enough to handle the larger ships that will be traveling through an expanded Panama Canal beginning in 2015.
Sources: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Live 5 News, Post and Courier

Sandy could wreak havoc on East Coast
Though the storm won't directly impact the S.C. coast, experts are keeping an eye on Hurricane Sandy as it creeps north showing signs that it could progress into something much larger.
Sources: Washington Post, Post and Courier, Myrtle Beach Sun News

County moving forward with Beach Co. PSD
With approval granted from the county, Beach Co. officials are hoping to move forward with the election of public service district commissioners who will administer the PSD designated to serve the company's new Kiawah River Plantation development on Johns Island.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Beach Co. applies to form Johns Island public service district

House records show Harrell received travel reimbursements
A report from The Nerve shows that House Speaker Bobby Harrell has received more than $9,000 in state travel reimbursements since 2008, in addition to more than $234,000 in travel reimbursements transferred from his campaign bank account. State ethics law does provide allowances for travel expenses to be transferred from campaign funds, but expressly prohibits them to be converted for personal use. The state attorney general's office has said that if it does wish to look into the matter, it will wait until the legislative session begins to give the House Ethics Committee the chance to first consider it.
Sources: The Nerve, S.C. Policy Council

Paul Ryan visiting the Upstate today
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan stops in Greenville this morning for a $25,000 a plate reception hosted by commercial real estate developer Phil Hughes.
Sources: Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Central Mosque celebrates Day of Arafa
Members of the Charleston Muslim community gather at Central Mosque of Charleston on Romney St. today to observe the Islamic day of repentence.
Sources: Central Mosque of Charleston

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