Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Agenda: Chief justice race comes to a head; Legare pulls greenbelt app; Wando grad in Bud ad

Jamie Casino talks about Super Bowl ad

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

The race between two sitting State Supreme Court justices over who will head the state's court system is growing tighter as lawmakers hear the final pitches for Chief Justice Jean Toal and Associate Justice Costa Pleicones. [P&C]

Remember that Budweiser Super Bowl commercial showing a soldier's homecoming to a main street ticker-tape parade? (Yes, that one.) Turns out the woman who welcomed home Lt. Chuck Nadd, Shannon Cantwell, was Miss Wando High in 2007 and attended Furman as a track athlete. [WSPA/WCSC-TV]

Savannah attorney Jamie Casino talked with the local CBS affiliate about his "batshit amazing" ad that decried the trial attorney profession in general, seeking legal and personal justice for his slain brother. [WTOC-TV]

State revenuers want to reassure taxpayers that, despite data security breaches in recent years, it is safe to file your taxes online this year. [WBTW-TV]

Participants with Truthful Tuesday, a group of health care activists, are taking their truth inside this week, protesting at the governor's office. [AP]

As part of the SC Bank and Trust-First Federal merger, 20 S.C. First Financial branches in the state will close. [GSA Biz]

Charleston International passenger traffic was up 10% in 2013, with airport officials pointing to industry and tourism growth in the area. [CRBJ]

Crews working on the Gaillard Center hoisted the highest beam into place atop the new performance hall on Monday. [CRBJ]

State lawmakers will begin to interview about 75 prospective college and unversity trustees later this month. [The State]

Amid controversy over the use of public greenbelt funds to purchase a conservation easement on private property and a potential challenge to a sitting county council member by one of the property owners, Legare Farms has withdrawn an application for greenbelt funds, saying it will pursue conservation with other partners. [P&C]

Many Columbia bars and restaurants say they won't allow concealed weapons into their businesses under a new state law that allows guns where alcohol is served. [The State]

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