Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Agenda: Election Day; Citadel's flag is legal, state says; Ervin files Indie petitions

Charleston VA has average wait time of 44 days

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Today wraps up a somewhat strange primary in what is usually one of the state's more active midterm election seasons. [AP]

Governor candidates Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen may not face primary opposition, but they will likely see at least one more name on the ballot in November after Tom Ervin filed 20,000 petition signatures on Monday in a bid to be on the general election ballot as an independent. State officials say they'll begin working to certify the signatures next week. [P&C]

click to enlarge On the campus of the Citadel - FLICKR USER WALLYG
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  • On the campus of the Citadel

The attorney general has ruled that the Confederate flag hanging inside Citadel's Summerall Chapel is legal under state law, meaning that Charleston County Council will not withhold county money from the military college, under rules set out by a vote taken last week. [P&C]

A VA report shows that Columbia, S.C.'s VA medical center has one of the longest wait times in the nation at 77 days to see a primary care doctor, while Charleston's VA averages about 45 days, both well above the department-mandated 14 day wait time. [AP]

Gov. Nikki Haley praised lawmakers Monday for passing education funding reform in this year's state budget, saying that the state's schools must remain a budget priority annually. [AP]

MUSC is using an innovative method of genomic therapy to track and treat cancer in patients, with 50-100 researchers actively engaged in looking at how our DNA could open the door to new methods of fighting hard-to-detect and-treat cancers. [P&C]

If you drive down Coleman Blvd. toward Sullivan's Island, you'll notice a new set of beach volleyball courts near Santi's, the new home court for the (until now) nomadic Charleston Beach Volleyball and Social Club, which has been looking for a permanent home for years. [P&C]



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