The Agenda: Police to scale back military gear; School board member says sup't search tainted; Progress on I-526?

Senate Judiciary chair asks colleagues to use cloture

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Richland Sheriff Leon Lott stands with a county armored vehicle - RICHLAND COUNTY
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As part of a new federal initiative to reduce what some say is the militarization of local police forces, some military surplus equipment like armored vehicles with tracks instead of wheels and grenade launchers will no longer be passed to local police after the military is finished with them. Source: NYT, P&C

Attorneys on both sides of a permit battle for an expanded Charleston cruise terminal have submitted final written arguments to the state Court of Appeals. Source: AP

Republican Sen. Larry Martin, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appealed to his colleagues yesterday to exercise its ability to end protracted filibusters, "the Senate is going to have to come to terms with its use of cloture." Source: G'ville News

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said yesterday that he "probably" wouldn't have launched the 2003 ground attack against Iraq, saying that if he knew the intelligence that took us to the brink was faulty, that he "would have reconfigured." Graham also told Wolf Blitzer that he would more than triple operations in Iraq from where they are now to about 10,000 troops. Source: The State, CNN

Paper companies MeadWestVaco and Rock-Tenn Co. are merging, and will be known as WestRock Co. once they finish combining. Source: P&C

Charleston County School Board Member Michael Miller said yesterday that he thinks the district's superintendent search is "tainted," saying that the firm contracted to conduct the search set up private conversations between some board members and Gerrita Postlewait, one of the remaining candidates to fill the seat left open by Nancy McGinley's resignation in March. Source: P&C

Talks between Charleston County, the State Infrastructure Bank, and the S.C. DOT resumed yesterday in an effort to make progress on the I-526 project. The group will likely reconvene in three months to hash out the details over who will pay for what and whether the project will go forward in two phases or one. Source: P&C

Crowds will descend on Myrtle Beach this weekend for the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest over Memorial Day weekend. After three deaths and seven other injuries in separate shooting events last year, some hotels are hiring private security on top of an increased police presence and reconfigured cruising route through the area. Source: AP, Sun News

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