Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Agenda: MUSC announces $25M gift; House unanimously passes body camera bill; Jasper plan deferred

Report connects Clyburn to troubled HUD project

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 12:07 PM

click to enlarge Rendering from Broad Street of the deferred Beach Company plan - CHARLESTON BAR
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A tale of two developments: Residents and preservationists packed the Burke High School for public comments on the Sergeant Jasper redevelopment project and the WestEdge development in the vacant space near Burke. The BAR voted to defer the Beach Company's latest proposal for the Sgt. Jasper and approved conceptual proposals for the high-rise WestEdge development that will establish a heavy commercial district. Source: P&C

The state House unanimously approved a proposal named in honor of Walter Scott yesterday that will mandate body cameras on all state and local law enforcement officers. The measure exempts data recorded by the cameras from state public records laws, providing exceptions for internal investigations and legal proceedings. Source: P&C, Reuters, Aiken Standard

The MUSC board announced today a $25 million gift from Shawn Jenkins, the CEO of Benefitfocus, which will go toward a new women's and children's hospital. Source: P&C

Writing for Bloomberg Politics, former P&C political reporter Renee Dudley says that Congressman Jim Clyburn sent a letter to procure an extension for a federal HUD project in Columbia being developed by Jonathan Pinson, who has since been convicted of bribery, money laundering, and racketeering related to the project. Dudley's initial P&C reporting on campaign finance discrepancies in filings by former House Speaker Bobby Harrell eventually led to his resignation. Source: Bloomberg Politics

Politico says there's "no end in sight" to the standoff between Congressman Trey Gowdy and Hillary Clinton, now in the throes of a Democratic primary campaign. Source: Politico

Is Berkeley County the next front on the state's fight against unions? Forbes biz writer Dale Buss takes a look at what may be coming next with this week's news of Volvo's expansion to South Carolina. Source: The State

The city's majestic new performing arts center, the Gaillard Center, is slated for an October 9 grand opening. Source: Live 5

Surfside Beach Rep. Nelson Hardwick abruptly resigned his seat on Tuesday after the results of an investigation into a complaint filed against him were presented by House Speaker Jay Lucas. Hardwick's attorney told The State that he will fight sexual harassment allegations made in the complaint. Source: AP

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