The Agenda: McConnell to step down next week; Chas., Mt. P. grapple w/ growth; DSS inquiry continues

McConnell will leave his post to avoid conflict with "University of Charleston" bill

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

A House amendment to a bill headed for the Senate could revive efforts to expand academic offerings at College of Charleston after the original bill was blocked by a senator who was concerned there wasn't enough due diligence done before its passing. [AP]

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says he'll leave his post as lieutenant governor next week as the State Senate, where he could conceivably cast the deciding vote, considers the bill in order to avoid a conflict. McConnell will become the president of the College later this summer. [P&C]

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NPR looks at a Spartanburg man who, while working at a Chinese university, was imprisoned for seven months for stealing from a colleague, forced to labor in a work camp making icicle Christmas lights that would be sold to American distributors. [NPR]

In economic growth news, Mount Pleasant residents are sounding off as the area revamps its comprehensive plan and Charleston officials are seeking to press the "pause" button on tourist-related growth, halting issuance of tour guide permits, permits for late-night bars, and more. [P&C]

After the Statehouse passed the "Stone Bill" this week, the Greenville News looks at what the company could mean for S.C. [G'ville News]

Two versions of a proposed ethics reform bill will see a conference committee on Tuesday as lawmakers try to find a middle ground between the initial House version and a weakened Senate version. [AP]

South Carolina Democrats endorsed candidate Brad Hutto ahead of next month's primary in an effort to head off a potential Alvin Greene-like situation as Hutto faces west coast transplant Jay Stamper, who also filed for the Democratic contest. [P&C]

In the 24 hours before the White House announced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation this morning, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott as well as GOP Congressmen Joe Wilson and Tom Rice called for the secretary to resign. [P&C, Aiken Standard]

State senators are looking to obtain caseload records from the state Department of Social Services as investigations continue into the agency's handling of child abuse and endangerment cases. [P&C]

Asked why South Carolina would repeal its ancient ban on election day liquor sales, state Rep. Bakari Sellers told a New York Times reporter, "It's 2014, dude." [NYT]

SCE&G says its VC Summer nuclear project in the Midlands is currently running $765 million under its $9 billion+ budget. [CRBR]

Charleston County will spend $500,000 over the next couple years to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway, with additional funds expected to come from the state and city. [P&C]


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