Friday, May 31, 2013

The Agenda: Robert Ford out; Boeing announces S.C. expansion; Ethics reform gets new life

Zoning enforcement pushes Carolina Polo horses to Hampton Park

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

  • File photo, provided

Robert Ford - After a bizarre Senate ethics hearing yesterday (P&C) that saw the public airing of allegations that Sen. Robert Ford had used campaign dollars at adult novelty stores, and after spending the night in the hospital for chest pains, Ford resigned this morning.

Boeing expanding - Boeing announced this morning that it would establish additional centers for engineering design and 737 MAX propulsion in South Carolina as it says it works to meet "unprecedented demand."

Ethics reform - A late night deal (The State) that led to a vote granting proposed ethics reforms "priority" status, it looks like the state Senate might get the chance to pass much anticipated ethics reform.

Local seafood bill - The state House voted yesterday (AP) to adopt a new definition of "local" seafood, making it illegal for restaurants and stores to sell local seafood that isn't from NC, SC, or GA.

Invasive species at port - Customs agents (AP) are intercepting more invasive insects aboard shipments passing through the Port of Charleston.

Biking over the Ashley - Local officials (Live 5) have approved $75,000 to commission a study to look at the safety of bikes traveling over the James Island Connector.

Carolina Polo - A city ordinance (P&C) that says a stable can't be within 100 feet of a residential area is forcing Carolina Polo to store its horses at the old city police stable in Hampton Park when they're not working. Carolina Polo sits 93 feet from the nearest residentially zoned area on Pinckney St.

Investigating Comcast - Comcast says a severed cable south of Charleston by crews working along SC-17 caused the 10-hour outage for much of the Charleston area Wednesday. In the aftermath, some businesses are looking at instituting redundant systems in case of another failure.

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