Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Agenda: Coal ash moved; Crowded rooms at CofC; Gardner is AL Player of the Week

Citadel announces new AD

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

SCE&G and Santee Cooper have moved about 540,000 tons of coal ash from disposal sites in S.C. as part of settlements reached in cases led by local environmental action groups. [CRBR]

College of Charleston freshmen may have one more roommate than they signed up for, school officials say, as they triple-up some groups of incoming freshmen in two-person underclassman dorm rooms. [P&C]

CofC baseball's most famous product, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, has been on a bit of a tear as of late, being named AL Player of the Week yesterday. Over the last seven games, Gardner has hit .455, with 10 hits, 7 runs, 3 homers, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs and 5 walks. For reference, Gardner's 15 home runs so far this year puts him ahead of guys like of Pedro Alvarez and Carlos Beltran, and tied with Freddie Freeman. [P&C, MLB, ESPN]

Gov. Nikki Haley will travel to Texas this week for the annual RedState Gathering of followers of the conservative website RedState.org, hosted by founder and former Macon, Ga. City Councilman Erick Erickson. [P&C, Macon.com]

The governor also released a new campaign ad this morning, showcasing initiatives that she says have "moved 20,000 South Carolinians from welfare to work."

Haley's challenger, Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen unveiled his education policy proposal yesterday, calling it "Back to Basics." [P&C]

The state's largest insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, which previously said it would drop Nason Medical Center from its network, now says Nason will be included after the Business Journal reports that the two parties reached an agreement to "address cost concerns." Local urgent care center MedCare is still set to be excluded. [CRBJ]

Owners of the Alcoa aluminum plant in Goose Creek have given "procedural" notice to Santee Cooper, letting the power company know that it would not be renewing its contract to buy electricity from the utility under their current agreement. Both sides say they're optimistic they will reach an agreement, saving the plant's 600 jobs, before the current contract runs out at the end of next year. [P&C]

The Citadel announced yesterday that Jim Senter, a longtime senior athletics official at the University of Colorado, will be the school's new athletic director. [P&C]

Cover photo by Flickr user keithallison

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