The Agenda: Benefitfocus plans IPO; Rains bog down commutes; Local hotels report strong July

DHEC praises Templeton for "transparent and professional handling" of Greenwood TB outbreak



Daniel Island employment benefits management platform Benefitfocus says it submitted paperwork Wednesday for an initial public offering, planning to raise $75 million. [P&C]

Heavy rains yesterday and today tied up traffic and knocked out power for more than 1,355 across the Charleston area. [P&C]

It's high noon somewhere: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville retail shop, a 15-year King Street staple, will close at the end of the month. [P&C]

Charleston hotels reported a landmark month in July, with occupancy rates near 80%, with nightly rates up 6.9% compared to a year earlier. [CRBJ]

From the P&C opinion page, Frank Wooten writes about the Veronica custody battle, "Hard case: You be the judge" [P&C]

Upstate Democratic State Rep. Mike Anthony will hold events in Union, Columbia, and North Charleston today as he announces his bid to be the next state superintendent of schools. [State, CP]

Former Art Institute of Washington president and University of Phoenix grad Todd Cunningham will head up the Art Institute of Charleston. [CRBJ]

After Folly Beach City Council voted to censure former mayor pro tem Eddie Ellis in July, the group voted Wednesday to appoint Councilman Paul Hume to the post. [Live 5]

Following a meeting Wednesday, the DHEC board praised agency Director Catherine Templeton for "her transparent and professional handling" of the TB outbreak in Greenwood County early this summer. [The State]


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