Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Agenda: Citadel's Higgins to Wake Forest; Occupiers can sue Haley; Benefitfocus to expand

State to get new 854 area code

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Start getting your dialing fingers ready, because by 2015, everyone who currently lives in the 843 will have to start dialing 10 digits no matter what, and a lucky few of you will get the new 854 area code. [SC Radio, P&C]

A federal judge affirmed a lower court's decision yesterday stating that Gov. Nikki Haley and other S.C. officials can be sued by Occupy Columiba protestors who were arrested under orders from Gov. Haley in 2011 while on the Statehouse grounds. Read the 37-page opinion here. [AP, The State]

A new bill by a bipartisan group of state legislators would create a state guardian ad litem program for S.C. seniors similar to the program set up for minors. [SC Radio]

Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins, who just finished his ninth season with the Bulldogs, announced Monday that he would leave the school to become the wide receivers coach at Wake Forest, which recently hired Dave Clawson away from Lehigh, where Higgins was once the head coach and Clawson his offensive coordinator. Higgins leaves the Citadel with an overall record of 43-58. [P&C, Winston-Salem Journal]

In a shocking move, state Democrats released their report card for Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday, and the grades ain't good. Madame Governor didn't earn above a D- and somehow even managed to earn a few "F-" marks. [The State]

At a rally yesterday in Greenville, leaders of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group supported by the Koch brothers, said the state is "underproforming, compared to other red states" on issues of budget reform, pension reform and school choice. [Greenville News]

Benefitfocus said yesterday that they were poised to triple their workforce footprint in the area, adding 1,200 jobs and building a handful of new buildings on a newly-purchased 23-acre tract on Daniel Island. [CRBJ, P&C]

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