by Sam Spence
CHS director out - Charleston International Airport Director Sue Stevens says she'll begin paid leave from her post (P&C) managing the operation of the airport beginning on Monday after reporting "verbally abusive" and "disrespectful" interactions with two Charleston Aviation Authority members, with a formal departure date of Sept. 30 (CRBJ). Stevens had originally planned to stick around until 2015, afer work on the airport's major overhaul was completed.
Controlled burns for controlled refueling? - The P&C posits the question, Morris Island burning?" Yes, Big Government is burning Morris Island. Translation: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's planning to conduct controlled burns on the island in September to clear space to store dredge from an area that could reportedly be used to refuel ships while anchored in the harbor rather than while docked in port.
Dropout rate down - The state's dropout rate declined for the fourth straight year (AP), the state Education Department reported this week. Local schools also saw declines (P&C), with Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester schools sitting at the lowest levels in four years.
DUI database down - A lightning strike earlier this month at SLED headquarters has crippled a server (SC Radio) housing two decades of DUI evidence and state officials have notified judges that lawyers (AP) that they won't be able to evidence access files until next month. A spokesperson in the local solicitor's office says cases already in the court system shouldn't be affected by the downtime.
Veronica "finality" - The South Carolina Supreme Court denied petitions for rehearing (State) from Baby Veronica's birth father Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation, declaring the case had reached its conclusion. However, Native American groups say they're prepared to continue litigation (SC Radio) over who gets custody of the child.