Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Agenda: Union back at Boeing?; Tracking S.C. fishing; Fewer Troopers on state roads

Haley volunteer flap boils over

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Playing a little catch-up in today's Agenda, including some stories from over the long weekend. Back to normal from here on out. Enjoy!

More drivers, less troopers - Despite more drivers taking to the roads this past holiday weekend, there were fewer state troopers on S.C. roads—the result of ongoing state budget battles that have decreased the number of troopers over the holiday weekend from 967 in 2008 to only 768 this year.

Memorial Day - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (P&C) observed Memorial Day at a ceremony at the James Island American Legion Post, paying special tribute to Pfc. Barrett Austin of Easley, who died in Afghanistan in April.

Gone fishin' - State wildlife officials are working with fishermen (P&C) along the South Carolina coast to carefully document details of big game fish caught in the area, creating a one-of-a-kind database of information about local fisheries that's used by state, federal, and international fishery managers working to preserve rare and highly sought-after billfish and food fish.

Union back at Boeing - Boeing officials reiterated the company's (P&C) "desire to remain union-free in South Carolina so we can keep the open culture of collaboration between teammates that we’re all working hard to build" in an email to employees last week, saying that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was again working to recruit Boeing employees (AP) at its South Carolina facility.

Haley volunteer - Over the weekend, state Democrats and Republicans went back and forth over a controversial volunteer named to Nikki Haley's statewide re-election committee, with Democrats calling on Haley's campaign to disavow Roan Garcia-Quintana, a request initially dismissed by the campaign. As controversy continued to swirl around Garcia-Quintana over comments he made supporting racial purity and reports of membership in a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group, Haley's campaign manager Tim Pearson issued a statement Sunday saying they asked Garcia-Quintana to resign from the committee, distancing the campaign from "statements which do not well represent the views of the governor."

So long, SoCon - The State's Ron Morris digs into the factors behind the impending breakup of the Southern Conference as five schools, including the College of Charleston move to other conferences as nationwide conference re-alignment continues.

Squirrel - A squirrel caused a brief power outage (P&C) for more than 1,400 homes downtown on Monday morning.

Spoleto 2013 - Get the latest news, previews of upcoming shows and reviews of current shows in our wall-to-wall Spoleto 2013 coverage now through June 8. And also be sure to check out our mobile app; it's the best way to stay up to date with everything going on in Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto, and Spoleto Fringe.

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