Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Agenda: State in for "catastrophic" incident without roads fix; Slager's trial could send message; "Fun Home" captures Tony

ACA brings down state's uninsured rate

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 11:02 AM

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One Upstate Chamber of Commerce chief says the state is in danger of a "catastrophic occurrence" without state lawmakers reaching an agreement to fund road maintenance. Source: WSPA-TV

Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager's indictment Monday on a charge of murder for the shooting death of Walter Scott is "just step one," says an attorney for Scott's family. Elder James Johnson, president of the S.C. chapter of the National Action Network, says he hopes to see Slager sentenced to life in prison in order to send a message "that you cannot shoot a person in the back." Source: NYT, P&C

North Charleston community groups met yesterday to work toward a consensus of what reforms are needed after the Scott shooting. Source: P&C

We missed it yesterday, but the Broadway adaptation of "Fun Home," based on the best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel that was lambasted by South Carolina politicians a few years back, was awarded the Tony for best new musical on Sunday night. The show had a successful run off-Broadway for a while, but Sunday's award capped "a long journey from the margins to the mainstream," says the NY Times. Source: NYT

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry visited the Yorktown on Monday on a trip to early primary states after announcing his new presidential campaign. The trip to S.C. is his first since his failed 2012 primary campaign. Source: WIS-TV

The founder of Moe's Southwest Grill, Martin Sprock, has reportedly bought Middleburg Plantation, a Berkeley County retreat which dates back to the 1690s, for $3.5 million. Unconfirmed reports speculate that the historic home will be outfitted with a doorbell that exclaims "Welcome to Moe's!" Source: P&C

A Gallup study shows the state's uninsured rate has gone down since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Nationally, about a quarter of uninsured Americans have gotten covered by the ACA. Source: Live 5


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