Friday, September 19, 2014

The Agenda: Firemen being looked at for appearing in T-Rav ad; iPhone lines; Unemployment up

Twitpic Acquired

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Folks lined up once again this morning outside the King Street Apple Store to be the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models out today. [ABC News 4]

The state unemployment rate jumped in August, up to 6.4% from 5.8% in July as more job-seekers enter the job market. The national jobless rate dropped to 6.1% from 6.2% the month before. [The State]

The conservative S.C. Club for Growth has endorsed its first Democrat, Ginny Deerin, who is challenging Secretary of State Mark Hammond. [P&C]

Charleston-based photo sharing service Twitpic's announcement earlier this month that it was preparing to shutdown apparently got the attention of some investors looking to buy a startup popular in the early days of Twitter. Reports also surfaced yesterday that the service was blocking a team seeking to download photos for the Internet Archive. [TwitPic, Archive.org]

Charleston firefighters featured in a new Thomas Ravenel for Senate TV ad might be in a bit of trouble after CFD Chief Karen Brack said the "incident is currently under investigation" by the department. [P&C]

Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen released a new TV ad today pumping up his plan for education and criticizing Gov. Nikki Haley over budget cuts related to state schools as AP says state Republicans "cherry-pick" lines from Sheheen's 2013 policy book in an attempt to find fault in his platform. [P&C, AP]

Charleston School of Law cofounder Ed Westbrook has formed a nonprofit corporation as an alternative to turning the school over to private management company InfiLaw. [P&C]

Clemson has suspended a mandatory student training survey designed to discourage sexual assault after complaints that it contained invasive questions about their personal sex and drinking history. [AP, G'ville News]

A week after a deputy was killed at close range by a high-powered rifle, Charleston County is looking carefully into the body armor it provides to its emergency responders. [Live 5]


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