by Sam Spence
College of Charleston could jump to Colonial Athletic Association
The College of Charleston Board of Trustees is meeting this morning to decide whether the school will move forward with a proposal to move the school's athletic programs from the regional Southern Conference to the more higher profile Colonial Athletic Association. ESPN reported Thursday, "Charleston expected to join CAA."
Sources: Post and Courier, ESPN
UPDATE: In a 12-5 vote, the CofC board votes to begin negotiations with the CAA. No actual move will be final until the deal is finalized and approved again by the board.
Federal panel rules keeping Thurmond on Senate 41 ballot
A three-judge panel ruled Thursday that former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond will stay on the ballot for the November 6 election to fill West Ashley Senate District 41 seat previously held by now-Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell. Thurmond faces Democrat Paul Tinkler in the general election.
Sources: Spartanburg Herald Journal/AP, SC Radio Network
Charleston breaks ground on $162.5 million airport expansion
The groundbreaking ceremony Thursday kicks off two-years of construction at Charleston International Airport, which will expand terminals and give the airport's atrium a facelift.
Sources: WCSC-TV, Post and Courier
State unemployment falls to 9.1%
In September, the state recorded the largest single-month decrease in unemployment since 1983, dropping from 9.6% to 9.1%, though FITS News, a frequent critic of state government, reports that much of the decrease is due to goverment hiring.
Sources: The State, FITS News
West Nile virus claims three so far this year
The number of S.C. West Nile virus fatalities this year is triple the total all-time number since the state began tracking fatalities in 2001, and the 40 cases reported statewide this year shows a large increase over the normal 3-5 cases per year.
Sources: Post and Courier