Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Agenda: Eckstrom's comments on SCSU students; Robo-trashcans?; DSS faces more scrutiny

Hunley nearly ready for conservators

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom is being asked by Democrats to apologize over comments he made about students at S.C. State University as the state Budget and Control Board, on which Eckstrom sits, considered floating the historically-black college in financial trouble $6 million to keep it afloat. [AP]

Yesterday, the state Commission of Higher Education published their report on InfiLaw's prospective takeover of Charleston School of Law yesterday, with initial recommendations on how the private company should handle operation of the one of the state's two law schools, but a legislative committee has deferred a vote on approval of the license until a later meeting. [P&C, The State]

Bluffton is fighting a war against feral cats. Lucky for them Daufuskie Island has a newly-expanded "cat sanctuary." [Beaufort Gazette]

Charleston County is reportedly looking at installing a couple-dozen trash compactor trashcans that city officials can check on via a solar-powered web connection. [P&C]

Charleston businesswoman Ginny Deerin, the Democratic challenger for Secretary of State, is criticizing her incumbent opponent Mark Hammond over his use of a state vehicle on his 180-mile commute from his home in Spartanburg to the capital. [P&C, FITS News]

The Richland County Sheriff's office and DSS are releasing conflicting information, according to media reports, over the death late last month of a five-month old under DSS supervision as the agency continues to take hits from lawmakers, with one critical Republican state senator disclosing details about reportedly being summoned by Haley staffers over her outspoken stance during a committee investigation into the agency's management. [P&C, Free Times]

The P&C reports today that Indigo Road is planning to open a Dean & Deluca-like gourmet grocery/coffee shop/bar in the old Cigar Factory building, which was bought last month by new investors. [P&C]

Conservators are chomping at the bit to get their first glimpse at the Hunley, which was found off the S.C. coast in the 1990s and recovered in 2000 to begin the long preservation process, which is still underway in the North Charleston Navy Yard. [P&C]

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