Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Agenda: Post and Courier wins Pulitzer Prize; City could rezone Sgt. Jasper; Forecasters predict no hurricane landfalls

NYT: "First time in five years that the prize has gone to such a small newspaper"

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

The Post and Courier was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service yesterday for "Till Death Do Us Part," an exhaustive multi-part series chronicling South Carolina's place atop national rankings for domestic violence written by Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Hawes, and Natalie Caula Hauff. In his nomination letter to the Pulitzer judges, P&C Editor Mitch Pugh said the reporting sought to "take a deep look at why this was so and what could be done to reduce the carnage." Read all of the Putlizer-winning pieces over at Longreads.

New York Times: "The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., with a staff of about 80 and a daily circulation of 85,000, won the most prestigious of the Pulitzer Prizes for journalism awarded on Monday..."

Pugh told P&C political reporter Jeremy Borden today: "We are humbled and honored to receive such distinguished praise ... But this series was really about making safer the lives of women in South Carolina." Source: NPR, NY Times, P&C

At least one police group leader wants limits on state public records laws that would shield police body cameras from FOIA and legal discovery requests. The State Sheriff's Association also says that many police agencies also still have cars without dashcams. Source: Bluffton Today, AP

Communities across the state are cleaning up after five tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in S.C. over the weekend. Source: The State

Entrepreneur Darla Moore and preservationist Susan Pringle Frost have been selected as this year's inductees into the S.C. Hall of Fame. Frost's early advocacy for historic preservation led to the nation's first preservation ordinance in Charleston in 1931. Source: AP

Brook Bristow, a Greenville lawyer who serves as executive director of the South Carolina Brewers Guild, was awarded the F.X. Matt Defense of Small Brewing Industry Award last week at the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland Oregon. The award is named for the late president of New York-based F.X. Matt Brewing. Source: Greenville News, Twitter

Storm forecasters at Coastal Carolina are predicting no hurricanes will hit the East or Gulf coasts during this year's hurricane season. Source: Sun News

The latest development in the ongoing development battle to replace the Sergeant Jasper apartment building, the Post and Courier reports, is that the city could rezone the property on its own to lower the height limit, a move that could halt a zoning-compliant proposal drawn up by the Beach Company last week that would construct additional high-rise buildings on the site. Source: P&C

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