Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Agenda: King Street's "Burrito Gateway"; Pols push MUSC-CofC merger; Davis abandons 'nullification' talk

Former Rep. Viers sentenced to 60 days

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

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Eater Charleston posts the rendering that burrito chain Chipotle has submitted to the Board of Architectural Review for its King-Calhoun location, and it's pretty run-of-the-mill. More important, Eater writer and former CP Scene columnist Erin Perkins has dubbed the intersection, "The Burrito Gateway." So let it be written, so let it be done.

From the Orangeburg Times & Democrat editorial pages: "McConnell leaves leadership legacy akin to another era"

A P&C report shows some pushback on behalf the MUSC board as university officials and lawmakers evaluate a proposal to merge MUSC with College of Charleston. A choice quote from MUSC board Chairman Tom Stephenson, who says there's "little to no synergy" between the two schools, to the paper: "If the Legislature believes in its wisdom that these two institutions have to be merged, we will make the best of it." [P&C]

A circuit judge is giving the state Department of Corrections six months to develop a plan that it believes can properly deal with mentally ill inmates. [Greenville News, AP]

Former state Rep. Thad Viers, a Republican from Myrtle Beach who resigned in 2012, will serve 60 days jail time on weekends after acknowledging he harassed an ex-girlfriend. [AP, Sun News]

State agriculture officials say the cold snap could jack up prices for crops grown in S.C. [AP]

Both Gov. Nikki Haley and her presumed Democratic challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, have proposals for how to fix state ethics laws. [SC Radio]

State Sen. Tom Davis, an early supporter of South Carolina tea party efforts, says discussion about an anti-Obamacare bill has "gotten off the rails a little bit," saying he hopes to remove a 'nullification' provision in the proposed law that would make it criminal to state employees to help enact the Affordable Care Act. [The State]

The K-Mart in Mount Pleasant is shutting its doors on Sunday. [CRBJ]

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