Monday, June 24, 2013

The Agenda: Still no Veronica ruling; Haley to issue vetoes; Cuts could affect MUSC cancer research

Statehouse disclosures make for "very murky system"

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

No Baby Veronica ruling today - Still no ruling on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl today, meaning that the opinion will almost surely be handed down by Thursday, the final day of the current Court's Term, along with other high profile cases having to do with gay marriage. NPR takes a look at the case, which has been flying under the radar compared to the other big name cases before the Court.

Haley vetoes - Gov. Nikki Haley has until midnight tomorrow (AP) night to issue line-item vetoes of items in the $6.7 billion state budget passed last week. Lawmakers will then return to Columbia to consider veto overrides.

Cuts affect MUSC - Officials at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center say federal budget cuts will affect how much grant money the hospital receives to go toward cancer research (P&C).

Transparency - The State's "State House for Sale" series this weekend looked at state lawmakers' income disclosures (or lack thereof), setting up a system where it's hard for the public to get a good idea of who's actually being paid for what, by who, and how much. The paper also looked at how much candidates for governor and state constitutional officers were paid.

Hollings, others get French honor - Former governor and U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings (P&C), along with seven WWII veterans from South Carolina, will be awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony today at Dock Street Theatre. The award is for "eminent military or civilian services rendered to the Republic of France."

'Boeing Corridor' improvements underway - The expansion of a network of roads near the airport is underway (P&C) as the area around Boeing and surrounding industries continues expansion.

French chefs in Chas. - More than 100 French master chefs are in Charleston today and tomorrow (P&C) for an annual conference of the North American chapter of the Master Chefs of France. The gathering is the first time the group has met in the South, and will honor cooking writer Nathalie Dupree as its woman of the year.

C.T. gun maker in S.C. - PTR Industries will announce details of its move from Bristol, Connecticut at a ceremony at the company's new facility in Aynor. The company is moving south after Connecticut passed stricter gun laws after the Sandy Hook shootings.

Pool inspectors - Budget cuts in many states are forcing the downsizing of pool inspection agencies as the threat of waterborne illnesses slowly rises. South Carolina's team of 33 inspectors (USA Today) in 2009 is now down to 18.

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