Monday, June 23, 2014

The Agenda: Runoffs, Harrell-Wilson case coming Tues; SLED investigating CPD-involved shooting

Latta police chief gets ruling, but no resolution

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The Post and Courier's Cynthia Roldan talks with S.C. lawmakers about how long-chased ethics reform in the S.C. Statehouse died last week in the Senate without action as the legislative session came to an end. [P&C]

AP headline of the weekend: "Ni Hao, Y'all: US hinterlands woo Chinese firms" [AP]

A grievance committee in Dillon County concluded last week that former Latta police chief Crystal Moore, subject of an April cover story by Paul Bowers, was not fired because she is openly gay. Moore's attorney said the ruling missed the point of the grievance filing and the Florence Morning News says their meeting may have been illegal. [Florence Morning News]

Francis Marion professor on state's Baha'i faith history, examined in News this week by Paul Bowers, to NPR: "whatever the size of the Baha'i faith in South Carolina — relative to other minority religions — I think its history is quite compelling and worthy of attention in itself." [NPR]

Voters will head back to the polls on Tuesday to select Democrat and Republican candidates for state superintendent of schools as well as Republican candidates for lieutenant govenror, where national figures are tossing in endorsements at the last minute. [The State]

As Attorney General Alan Wilson and Speaker Bobby Harrell prepare to make their case in front of the State Supreme Court tomorrow, questions are being raised not only over the role of Wilson's office and legislative ethics procedures, but also potential influence over the judicial process. [P&C, The State/AP]

State investigators say that Charleston police handled collection of forensic evidence in the hours after an officer-involved shooting in the Bayside neighborhood Friday night instead of calling in SLED, which the agency says is standard procedure. The incident resulted in a 19-year old male's death from a gunshot wound after an encounter with a Charleston police officer, according to media reports. [P&C]

Three days after she was arrested on an alcohol-related disorderly conduct charge, Christine Wilkinson resigned her post as CARTA's executive director Friday afternoon. [P&C]


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