Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Agenda: Charleston Law may stop admissions; DHEC short on abortion clinic inspections; Rain coming

Savage: CSOL trustees "sold their soul along with their reputations"

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 11:31 AM

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There's no definitive word yet from Charleston School of Law officials, but the school's two remaining co-founders reportedly told faculty and staff on Tuesday, days before current students are set to take exams, that the school "cannot in good faith enroll another class" of students, and that they were "heartbroken with this situation." Attorney Andy Savage didn't hold back in a Facebook post Tuesday night, saying, except for former founding board member Ed Westbrook, that other school trustees "all sold their soul along with their reputations." Source: CRBJ, P&C, Facebook

A legislative audit of S.C. abortion clinics showed that of 42 annual inspections that should have been done between 2001 and 2014, only 33 could be accounted for by DHEC. Lax regulation by by the agency is a problem for all health care facilities, not just abortion clinics, says one industry consultant. Planned Parenthood says that political agendas seeking to chip away at abortion access are behind the 52-page state report.

A tropical system system churning off the East Coast will make its way toward shore today and tomorrow, with a chance of developing into a tropical depression. Source: The State

As state lawmakers struggle to find a way to pump money into state transportation projects and take care of ongoing maintenance, budget analysis by The Nerve shows S.C. DOT funding has dropped more than $40 million since Gov. Nikki Haley took office in 2010, a nearly 16 percent decrease. Source: The Nerve

A House-Senate conference committee reached a compromise yesterday to replace the board of trustees at South Carolina State University, breaking a weeks-long stalemate on how best to begin taking action to fix ongoing funding issues at the HBCU. Source: The State

Small-town newspaper editors are fighting for stricter freedom of information laws that would require local agencies to respond to records requests faster, a requirement that local government officials and police say would make it harder to do their jobs. Source: AP

The state Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism says that since July of last year, South Carolina developers have invested more than $1 billion in new tourism projects across the state. Source: CRBJ

A few weeks after proposing an additional tax on non-owner-occupied properties, Charleston County School District is proposing a second increase to raise $31 million to replace the district's 310 school buses. Source: P&C

Heads up, all aspiring gator hunters, applications are now available for DNR's annual alligator hunting permit lottery. Source: Charlotte Observer


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