The Agenda: Clinton in S.C.; Dabo cancels event appearance; New Capt. Sam's Spit permit issued

State Supreme Court will get new chief justice

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Hillary Clinton was in Columbia yesterday, speaking at an event hosted by a Democratic women's group and discussing business and the challenges facing working women in the state with a smaller group at a local restaurant. Source: The State, NYT

Republican candidate for president Carly Fiorina, the only woman besides Clinton running for president, also toured Columbia at the same time on Wednesday. Source: CNN

Conservationists have appealed a new staff-approved permit issued by DHEC early this month that would allow developers to build an access road and housing on Captain Sam's Spit at the southern end of Kiawah Island. A similar permit issued by the agency was thrown out by the State Supreme Court and the case returned to a lower court. Crews have already been seen working on the fragile barrier island ecosystem. Source: P&C

P&C Editorial page: "Captain Sam's permit missplaced"

Gov. Nikki Haley appealed to state senators to pass a bill that would allow companies like Uber to operate in S.C., or risk losing the "innovative, cutting-edge" services all together. Haley: "Uber’s departure from South Carolina will be a step backwards for our state..." Source: AP

Members of the General Assembly unanimously elected a new chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday, tapping Associate Justice Costa Pleicones of Columbia to replace Chief Justice Jean Toal, who has led the state courts for 15 years. Toal will likely step down this summer as she turns 72, the state's traditional retirement age for judges. Pleicones will turn 72 at the end of next year, at which time he'll also likely retire. Source: The State

Berkeley County Council approved one of the final pieces of the deal to bring Volvo to the area on Wednesday, an agreement that replaces the plant's property taxes with a lower, agreed-upon fee. Source: P&C

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has canceled plans to be on hand to receive an award from the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative group that opposes gay marriage. House Democratic Leader Todd Rutherford raised questions over Swinney's ties to the group last week, issues Swinney responded to Wednesday saying, "I had no idea that I was being invited into a political controversy." Source: Greenville News, Anderson Independent Mail

A North Augusta police officer involved in a fatal February 2014 shooting incident was indicted Wednesday on a charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. A grand jury previously declined to indict the officer of voluntary manslaughter and the case drew attention over SLED's refusal to release dashcam video of the incident that reportedly captured the incident. Source: AP

The Post and Courier rolled out a new investigative series yesterday, called "Shots Fired," looking at South Carolina officer-involved shootings and the shortcomings of state police-controlled investigations of the incidents. Source: P&C

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