Monday, May 20, 2013

The Agenda: Statehouse revolving door, Folly awaits beach money, S.C. campuses debate tobacco bans

Local law enforcement agencies cite investigations in withholding info

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

"State House for Sale" - That's the headline of a profile by The State of the role state-registered lobbyists play in major, high-stakes policy negotiations in the state's legislature, where at least 66 former lawmakers serve as lobbyists of their former colleagues. The story is in context of the debate over where and what garbage can be dumped in South Carolina.

Folly renourishment
- Folly Beach as begun renourishing beaches (P&C) along Folly Beach County Park, but is awaiting funds to work on the rest of the island's shoreline.

Campus smoking - USC, along with a handful of other S.C. college campuses (The State) including College of Charleston, are considering campus-wide tobacco bans. USC President Harris Pastides says a decision will likely be reached this summer, but that he is leaning toward making USC a tobacco-free campus.

Local transparency - Law enforcement agencies can withhold information requested under Freedom of Information laws, but only if it believes that releasing the information would hamper possible future action. The P&C looks at several cases where their reporting has been stymied by law enforcement citing the exception.

Charleston drug ring - The P&C looks at a years-long effort by Charleston cops to dismantle a Charleston drug ring that has sparked bloody turf wars downtown in recent years.

Joe and Alan Wilson - The State caught up with state Attorney General Alan Wilson and his father Congressman Joe Wilson to discuss their interactions as politicians and how Alan's upbringing as the adopted son of a Columbia lawyer and United States Representative (Wilson married Alan's mother, who was widowed when her Army husband died in a helicopter crash) influenced his career.

Dreamliners flying - United Airlines will begin flying its 787 Dreamliners (USA Today) again this week, after being outfitted with an electrical system fix to remedy battery issues that grounded the planes for months.

Smithsonian gets Edisto cabin - One of two (NYT) remaining slave cabins standing on Edisto Island is being dismantled to be transported and reconstructed at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, set to open on the National Mall in 2015.

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