Monday, March 24, 2014

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Greer to get X7 production, report says

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Some are worried that rising flood insurance premiums could affect preservation of low-lying areas like the Charleston peninsula. [AP]

Emails obtained by the Post and Courier show discussions internally at state DOT and City of Charleston during Ravenel Bridge closings earlier this year. [P&C] | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

The State newspaper and Live 5 News talk with Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell after his selection late Saturday to be the next president of College of Charleston, his alma mater. [The State, Live 5]

One state senator says the state could face another election crisis if it doesn't clarify its position on the structure of local boards of election and voter registration. [AP]

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State Attorney General Alan Wilson took the stand for questioning Friday in a hearing called to entertain requests from House Speaker Bobby Harrell to get Wilson tossed from a State Grand Jury investigating purported ethics violations by Harrell, actions which Harrell defended. [AP, P&C]

As appeals wind their way through federal court, one in a western circuit and the other in the fourth circuit, which S.C. is a part of, it's likely that, assuming the decisions will be further appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, state constitutional bans on gay marriage, like the one in S.C., will be ruled fair or foul by summer 2015. [NYT]

BMW is readying expansion of its North American operations, and will likely build its new X7 SUV in the company's Greer assembly plant. [Wall Street Journal]

Francis Marion University hopes to enroll students at a Mount Pleasant campus this fall, but as of now, it's still looking for a suitable location east of the Cooper River. [P&C]

Duke Energy will reportedly meet with state regulators today to discuss issues related to coal ash. [The State]

From the P&C opinion pages, Charleston Superintendent Nancy McGinley: "Seek common ground for comprehensive research university" [P&C]

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