The Agenda: Texting-while-driving fines in effect; Clemson Greeks ban theme parties; Bowl to ask for more money

Nelson Mullins attorney to head up Labor agency



As of Monday, if you're stopped for texting while driving in South Carolina, cops can now issue you a $25 fine for your first offense, $50 for repeat offenders. Source: SHJ

Gov. Nikki Haley announced a leadership change at the state Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation on Monday. Gone is two-year agency head Holly Pisarik, succeeded by the agency's chief counsel Richele Taylor, an attorney formerly with Fisher & Philips and Nelson Mullins. After James Burns was appointed Haley's chief of staff last month, Richele becomes the second attorney from Nelson Mullins to be appointed to a senior administration position in as many months, raising eyebrows over at The Nerve, who point out that the firm was paid $1.2 million mainly from representing large companies in Columbia from January 2013 through May of this year. Source: AP, The State, The Nerve

Clemson officials say they've learned in recent days that the controversial off-campus gang-themed 'Cripmas Party' that made waves over the weekend wasn't the first time a similar event has been held. University fraternities and sororities decided after a meeting on Sunday to end "theme" parties. Source: WSPA, G'ville News

The American Bar Association told Charleston School of Law officials on Tuesday that the group has deferred a decision on whether the school can be bought by InfiLaw. Source: P&C

Organizers of the Medal of Honor Bowl are asking Charleston County Council to pitch in an additional $25,000 to help the all-star bowl game pay its bills. So far, the state and local municipalities have paid $165,000 of the game's $1M+ budget. Source: P&C

Local civil rights advocates worry that expanded federal standards around racial profiling by police won't change how local police departments conduct their patrols. Source: P&C

Edward Krosberg, the James Island man who beat his girlfriend to death with a hammer and stabbed her a dozen times, cursed at Circuit Judge Roger Young after he told the 32-year old that he would spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance for parole. Source: P&C

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