Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Agenda: Proposal would teach evolution "controversy"; Rice to stump for Graham; PeopleMatter expands

Truck jumps collapsed bridge "like the Duke boys"

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

A bridge collapse on Cypress Garden Road in Berkeley County caused a CSX train to derail as it passed under the bridge and it collapsed on top of it. Berkeley Rescue Chief Bill Salisbury described the subsequent scene as an approaching pickup truck was forced to jump the gap, "it was really like the Duke boys," said Salisbury. [P&C, ABC News 4]

With some Republicans threatening to hold up executive nominations, with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham saying it's time to force President Obama and national Democrats "to think long and hard about this now," as the traditionally quiet period ahead of the midterm elections approaches, and the Democratic majority in the Senate hangs in the balance. [NYT]

Graham will have support from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the campaign trail next month as she travels to S.C. to stump for Graham ahead of June's GOP primary. [The State]

General Dynamics says it'll cut about 75 percent of its Force Protection workforce in Ladson, keeping just 50 employees to offer ongoing service and support for its line of armored vehicles that were heavily used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. [AP, Live 5]

The final tally on the MUSC board vote, obtained by the Post and Courier shows that 10 of the school's 17 board members voted to hire Dr. David Cole, who will step into the role later this year, with remaining members voting for Dr. Joanne Conroy. In contrast, College of Charleston's board reportedly voted unanimously to appoint Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell to head up CofC. [P&C]

The state's Commission on Higher Education will decide Thursday whether to grant InfiLaw a license to take over operation of Charleston School of Law. [P&C]

The state Education Oversight Committee sent language to the State Board of Education that would require schools to teach alternatives to evolution in S.C. classrooms, to "teach the controversy," as state Sen. Mike Fair said in support of the new standards. [P&C, AP]

PeopleMatter says it will expand into space across the street from its King Street headquarters in the space formerly occupied by Citi Trends at 483 King St. [PeopleMatter PR]

A father and his two sons who became lost in Congaree National Park near Columbia were found safely this morning after an overnight search. [The State]

Rice photo courtesy World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

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