The Agenda: DHEC board pushes back on Sonoco fine; Goodbye, Thunder Road; Volvo could change Berkeley

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Watching them tear down Thunder Road at Carowinds. A big part of our childhood history is gone.

Posted by Ken Kirk on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Crews spent much of yesterday demolishing Thunder Road, Carowinds' landmark out-and-back wooden coaster, to clear space to expand the park. The coaster first opened in 1976 and for a time in the 90s and 00s, someone had the great idea of running one of the trains backwards around the 3/4 mile track. Source: Rock Hill Herald, YouTube

The Sunlight Foundation ranks South Carolina's lobbyist disclosure law as one of the nation's best, adopted 25 years ago after the Operation Lost Trust dragnet netted 17 state legislators in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. Source: Sunlight, P&C

The State reports that the DHEC board is urging a second look at a record fine handed down to Hartsville-based packaging giant Sonoco for an illegal coal ash dump it had maintained near its headquarters for years. Clarence Batts, a former chemical company exec appointed by the governor to lead the board, says he's concerned that the $230,000 fine for the publicly-traded company's was too harsh. Source: The State

Finishing out a week where he's reportedly mulling whether to run for president, Vice President Joe Biden reportedly reached out Wednesday night to close S.C. Democratic confidante Dick Harpootlian, a Columbia lawyer and former head of the state Dems. Source: NYT

Volvo's growth in Berkeley County has the potential to dramatically transform the area, say industry observers and public officials. Source: P&C

The S.C. Court of Appeals appears to be ready to consider a challenge to a permit issued allowing a controversial $35 million expansion of the downtown cruise port at the end of Market Street. Source: AP

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