Monday, August 19, 2013

The Agenda: Who's inspecting local restaurants?; Charleston to discuss texting-driving ban; Radio silence on Veronica

Paddle the East Coast

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Surprise! More Rain!

The P&C reports today that there are too few state health inspectors to keep tabs on Charleston's foodservice industry, with inspectors charged with looking after up to 327 facilities, while federal regs recommend that businesses be inspected up to four times a year. DHEC director Catherine Templeton defends her agency, pointing to two recently-added Charleston-area inspectors.

Mount Pleasant is already signaling initial approval of a texting-while-driving ban, while Charleston City Council will hold early talks on the issue at its meeting this Wednesday. [Live 5]

Details of a reported mediation deal reached Friday in the Veronica case are unknown. [P&C]

Ever wanted to paddle 800 miles of coastline from the Chesapeake Bay to South Georgia? Check out the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail. [WaPo/AP]

State health officials said on Friday that a Greenwood man, who the CDC says died of tuberculosis, did not die of TB, triggering criticism from Democratic State Senators Brad Hutto and Joel Lourie, "It's not like somebody else made this up," Hutto told The State.

Gov. Nikki Haley will tour a Dorchester County farm today along with state Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers as the state seeks federal disaster designation from the USDA over damage caused by heavy rains in recent months. [AP]

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