by Sam Spence
Idol - St. Helena Island native Candace Glover was crowned the new winner of American Idol in the season finale last night. The AP takes a look back at her victorious road to taking the final prize on the show's 12th season.
SC Unemployment Down - The state unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 8% in April, down from 8.4% in March.
State planes - Democrats knocked Gov. Nikki Haley (The State) yesterday over her use of the state-owned aircraft, for allowing a campaign videographer to fly aboard the plane with Haley to document the governor on duties across the state. Dems contend that Haley should reimburse the state for the consultant's expenses. Yesterday, the state Senate voted to sell the controversial state-owned planes.
Ted Vick - If you missed it earlier this week, Chesterfield state rep and former 7th District congressional candidate Ted Vick was arrested for the second time in a year on drunk driving charges, this time in the basement parking garage below the Statehouse. Police dashcam video (WIS-TV) shows an unsteady Vick being placed under arrest and searched (on his last charge, he was carrying an unregistered pistol), and reacting in disbelief (The State), "I can't believe I got handcuffs on me at the Statehouse," Vick said. Taking advantage of the incident, state Republicans edited together video of the endorsement of state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the presumed Democratic nominee against Gov. Nikki Haley in her re-election next year, playing the audio of Sheheen praising Vick during his congressional campaign over the video of the handcuffed state rep being searched by state police.
WWII vets - A group of World War II veterans form the aircraft carrier Franklin will gather aboard the Yorktown for a final reunion of the 21 surviving veterans.
Downtown schools - Charleston County Schools has approved additional money (P&C) to fast-track the completion of James Simons Elementary on upper King St., which is currently undergoing a complete reconstruction, to be sure that the school is ready for the fall semester.
Butts everywhere - The hospital district smoking ban has forced employees to venture to Cannon Park (P&C), just off the hospitals' campuses, to light up and leave their cigarette butts littering the ground nearby.