Monday, January 27, 2014

The Agenda: Let it snow; Darius wins a Grammy; Ford faces more ethics trouble

Charleston man charged in SCSU student shooting

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM

You can expect temperatures to climb into the mid-60s today, but folks may be stuck at home tomorrow as a winter system moves through the state, threatening to drop a few inches of snow from Chester to Charleston. [P&C]

Lead Hootie-turned-country superstar Darius Rucker took home his second Grammy last night for Best Country Solo Performance for "Wagon Wheel," 18 years after Hootie and the Blowfish won its Best New Artist Grammy in 1996.

S.C. Farm Bureau, the influencial state agriculture group, has upset some by labling opponents of a huge potato farm as "radical environmentalists" as it continues a strong push for the tater farm. [Times and Democrat, The State]

State Sen. Robert Ford is facing more ethics trouble, with another complaint filed against him alleging that he continued misspending campaign funds after he resigned his office amid charges of similar violations. [The State]

It looks like the race for state superintendent, already six candidates strong, may get even more crowded. [The State]

The State looks at the status of the battle for votes going on in the Statehouse between the sitting State Supreme Court chief justice and one associate justice vying to head the state's high court. [The State]

The new inland port that handles thousands of containers from the Port of Charleston in Greer via railroad lines across the state is said to take 25,000 truck trips off local interstates. [AP]

Boeing is planning a "hiring surge" at its North Charleston facility to meet production levels on its 787 line. [CRBJ]

A 19-year old Charleston man has been arrested and charged with murder in the Friday afternoon shooting of a S.C. State University student outside a dorm building on the Orangeburg campus. [Times and Democrat, NYT/AP]

Man has successfully beaten back the power of the sea on Isle of Palms, as "wave dissapation systems" installed on the front beach on the north end of the Wild Dunes area of the island appear to be working in preventing erosion that had long-threatened beachfront homes in the area. [P&C]

Low turnover at SCE&G's V.C. Summer nuclear plant and recent announcements guaranteeing decades of continued operation has led to a generational swing at the plant as new engineers and techs come on board for the new Jenkinsville reactors. [The State]

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