Friday, February 14, 2014

The Agenda: Thousands without power; MUSC board against merger; Will Va. marriage ruling affect S.C.?

Tar Heels, Louisville in town for baseball openers

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

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A decision by a district court in Virginia throwing out the state's ban on same-sex marriage yesterday, if upheld on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourt Circuit, could have wide-ranging effects in S.C., N.C., and West Virginia, which are also in the Fourth Circuit. The Times, calling the decision the "strongest legal reversal yet," says that similar bans "would most likely be voided in other states" if it is upheld on appeal. [NYT]

The Ravenel Bridge is once again open this morning, and as temps inch toward the upper 50s today, look for the icy weather to subside locally, but crews say that some in the Charleston area may be in the dark for weeks. More than 240,000 were still without power as of this morning. [P&C, Live 5, The State]

Grassroots supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Bakari Sellers, are lining up next week for a "Ready for Hillary" event in Columbia. The group is unaffiliated with a prospective Clinton 2016 campaign, but an early grassroots groundwork will be important in early primary states like South Carolina. [The State]

Some in the Lowcountry are concerned that a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger would jack up cable/broadband rates, but many observers believe a proposed acquisition would have little effect because the two companies, the nation's top two providers, have little market overlap. [P&C

A couple months after Kmart closed its Big K store in Mount Pleasant, the company says it will shutter its West Ashley store as well in late April. [CRBJ]

As CofC officials continue searching for their own fearless leader, members of the MUSC Board of Trustees voted nearly-unanimously in support of a resolution standing in opposition to a bill filed by Charleston state Reps. Leon Stavrinakis and Jim Merrill that would combine the two schools, saying that top-tier candidates to take over the MUSC presidency, also becoming open soon, have pulled out over the controversy. [P&C, Live 5]

Turns out GOP Gaffney state Rep. Harvey Peeler, who represents the fictional district of "House of Cards" Congressman Frank Underwood, is also a big fan of the Netflix political drama. "For me it is special because it’s all about a congressman from Gaffney, and you can tell it’s fiction because the congressman is a Democrat." [The State]

Check out everything you need to know about the 2014 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition this weekend with our special SEWE issue on racks now or at charlestoncitypaper.com/sewe.

The College of Charleston baseball team will open its season this weekend with a three-day stand at Patriots Point starting Saturday against the defending ACC champion UNC Tar Heels in a series originally scheduled to be in Chapel Hill that was relocated to Mount Pleasant this week due to weather. Tix are $10 and there's not a bad seat in the house, according to this Tar Heel-bred Cougar fan. [P&C, CofCSports.com]

Also in college baseball: Louisville, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Delaware will be in town for the Citadel-hosted Homewood Suites Tourney at Riley Park. [P&C]


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