Friday, September 25, 2015

The Agenda: Tornado on Johns Island; Tinkler backs Stavrinakis; Weighing medical marijuana

SCE&G customers will pay $4 more each month with rate hike

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM

A tornado ripped through a portion of Johns Island over 10 minutes leas night, leaving major damage to about 10 homes off River Road, according to the P&C. Source: P&C

Former Charleston City Councilman Paul Tinkler, who ended his campaign for mayor recently, endorsed state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis for mayor at an event yesterday. Source: P&C

Mayor Joe Riley talked with The State on six ways he thinks South Carolina can improve itself based on his 40 years as Charleston's executive. Source: The State

$4.00: The amount that SCE&G customers' bills will go up when the latest rate hikes take effect in October to bankroll the public utility's nuclear project in Jenkinsville. Source: P&C

The State Supreme Court has given state lawmakers until February 1, 2016 to find a plan to fix the state's education system as ordered by the Court last November. Source: AP, The State

State senators spent two hours yesterday hashing out the pluses and minuses of legalizing medical marijuana in South Carolina before ultimately advancing the bill. Law enforcement officials like SLED Chief Mark Keel oppose the move, while limited government lawmakers like Sen. Tom Davis support it. Source: P&C, The State

After Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio called him "touchy and insecure," Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump went ballistic on NYT reporter Jonathan Martin and AP photog Mic Smith (formerly P&C) for their portrayals of an event in North Charleston that cameras and reporter accounts show was not the raucous packed house that Trump says it was. Trump called Smith a "fucking thief," saying the photo from the empty back rows of the midday event was "goddamn unfair." Source: AP, WaPo, Politico, Daily Mail

Volvo is set to break ground on its $500 million production facility in Berkeley County, its first in North America. Source: AP

With the help of a pair of robotic arms, Boeing opened a research center in North Charleston this week, one of a dozen or so around the world run by the aerospace company. Source: P&C

Town of James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey was fined $1,000 for unintentionally violating state ethics laws by linking to his personal blog from the town website. Source: P&C

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