Monday, January 20, 2014

The Agenda: MLK Day; What's grand jury mean for Harrell/Wilson?; State appeals prison mental health ruling

Employee fired over SCDEW breach suing agency

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

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Congressman Jim Clyburn was on hand to bestow the Harvey Gantt Triumph Award upon retired Circuit Judge Richard Fields, 93, at the annual MLK Tri-County Ecumenical Service on Sunday, where former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook delivered the keynote address. [P&C]

Martin Luther King Day events continue today across Charleston with the Coalition’s Martin Luther King Day Stop The Violence Rally & Candlelight Vigil in Marion Square Park from 4:30–6:30 to "remember the spirit of unity and equality for all mankind that was the benchmark of Dr. King’s message." For more info, call Pastor Thomas Dixon: 843-437-1949.

The Post and Courier and The State had dueling examinations of Speaker Bobby Harrell's grand jury ethics inquiry in their Sunday editions, with the P&C's Jeremy Borden and Schuyler Kropf looking at what it might mean for Harrell's future, and The State's Adam Beam looking at the stakes of Attorney General Alan Wilson's ongoing investigation into the powerful Charleston lawmaker. [P&C, The State]

A former state Dept. of Employment and Workforce employee who was fired is suing the agency for defamation over statements made by the department and the director regarding allegations of wrongdoing surrounding a reported data breach at the agency. [The State]

Defying civil rights groups calling for change instead of more litigation, the state is appealing a ruling from a state circuit court judge calling for the S.C. Dept. of Corrections to come up with a viable plan to work with the mentally ill who live under the care of the state agency. [AP]

Dog lovers rallied in Columbia this weekend against a city proposal that could clamp down on rules of ownership for pit bulls within Columbia. [The State]

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