The Agenda: I-526 back on track, No DeMint replacement today, Pols look at hacking spending

Yorktown, other ships need cash to stay afloat

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The finished plan for I-526 will differ slightly from early proposals.
County Council reverses course, approves I-526 extension project in 5-4 vote at contentious meeting
18 months after it voted to abandon the project, Charleston County Council voted Thursday night to push forward with plans to complete the I-526 beltway from West Ashley to the Folly Beach Connector. At a 3+ hour meeting, which included dozens of area residents who lined up to give councilmembers an earful, council voted 5-4 to once again vote to build the interstate.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Post and Courier, Live 5 News, Charleston Regional Business Journal, ABC News 4, Count on 2
Related: Ronald Daise: "I-526 extension would threaten Gullah culture" (P&C op-ed)

Haley 'vets' Colbert, could name DeMint replacement today
Feeding the media machine that's frenetically speculating about her impending appointment to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, Gov. Nikki Haley playfully 'leaked,' an official vetting document showing media clips of the Charleston-born TV news satirist. UPDATE: Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey tweets this morning, "No U.S. Senate appointment news today."
Sources: Washington Post
Related: DeMint says Haley will appoint replacement today

Patriots Point ships need cash to stay afloat
Without increased cashflow, a government audit shows that Patriots Point can't afford to maintain its aging antique warship museums.
Sources: Post and Courier, Live 5 News

Market value of Experian services totals $150 million, company says
After the state shelled out $12 million for a year of Experian credit monitoring for millions of South Carolinians to protect foreign hackers who stole taxpayer records, the company says the retail market value of the services is about $150 million.
Sources: Associated Press
Related: Experian wants $10 million for second year of coverage
State probes hiring of PR, law firm in wake of hacking

State appears poised for serious flu season
The state appears to be entering into a more serious flu season than it’s seen in recent years.
Sources: Post and Courier

State gun checks up in 2012
Required federal background checks for gun purchases have more than doubled in S.C. this year over 2011 according to FBI data. Federal gun laws have remained the same over the same period.
Sources: USA Today

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