Monday, July 22, 2013

The Agenda: Nikki Haley goes shootin'; Thousands rally statewide for Trayvon Martin; Pols speak against I-26 tree plan

Also: Rain

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Gov goes shootin - Gov. Nikki Haley toured a Columbia-area firearms manufacturer on Friday, calling the chance to shoot a few handguns and military rifles a stress reliever, saying "I imagined a lot of different people." When pressed on who, exactly, she responded, "That's my secret."

Trayvon Martin rally - About 100 people gathered Saturday (P&C) at the Custom House for a rally honoring Trayvon Martin. In Columbia, thousands met on the steps of the Statehouse (Patch), where Congressman Jim Clyburn, wearing a brown hoodie, spoke "forcefully," comparing Martin's shooting to the death of Emmett Till, whose beating and shooting death in 1955 served as an early tipping point in the civil rights movement.

Sanford, Ravenel against I-26 tree plan - Congressman Mark Sanford and Arthur Ravenel spoke out against a plan to cut down the trees which line the median on I-26 from Summerville to I-95 today at a meeting of the board of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, which holds key approval authority over the SCDOT proposal.

Rain. - It rained a little over the weekend (P&C) in Charleston. And Columbia. And Beaufort. And Orangeburg.

Local school administrators - A Post and Courier analysis of the payrolls of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester schools shows that the top five highest-paid employees of the counties are paid a combined $2.6 million.

What's best for Veronica? - The P&C talks with a handful of child psychologists as Charleston courts prepare to issue an order pushing through Baby Veronica's adoption by James Island couple Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

Honoring the 54th Mass. - With Union and Confederate re-enactors present on Sunday, Mayor Joe Riley placed a wreath (P&C) in honor of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the African-American Union regiment which stormed Battery Wagner on Morris Island in 1863.

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