Friday, July 21, 2017

The Agenda: Outgoing DHEC head won't take contract; I-526 gets 30 days; Graham urges sympathy for DREAMers

Heigel won't be paid during transition

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 11:27 AM

click to enlarge DHEC Director Catherine Heigel is leaving the state public health agency - SCDHEC
  • DHEC Director Catherine Heigel is leaving the state public health agency

Catherine Heigel, the departing director of DHEC won't take a "transition services contract" taken by predecessors after criticism arose this week over the $17,000 per month contract her predecessor Catherine Templeton took when leaving the agency. Source: The State

Greenville-based coding school The Iron Yard announced yesterday that it would close after its current class session is over. The company's major investor was acquired earlier this year and the school says it was challenging to maintain physical campuses in the changing education landscape. Source: Greenville News, P&C

Lobbyists spent $1 million more during this year's legislative session to influence state lawmakers than last year. Source: The State

Charleston County will have 30 more days to describe how it intends to fill a $300 million budget hole in the I-526 project. Source: P&C

A caller to Charleston County 911 on Monday warned that a portion of the canvas draped over the I-526 Don Holt Bridge had come loose and was flapping in the wind, two days before the canvas and netting holding it in place came loose and fell onto cars passing by. Source: P&C

SCE&G is asking the Public Service Commission to toss out a complaint from environmentalists seeking to stop the over budget and behind schedule VC Summer nuclear project. Source: P&C

Three men have been charged with helping the man who managed to escape from a maximum-security prison earlier this month. Source: AP

A new program called the Santana Initiative after Feidin Santana, the man who recorded the shooting of Walter Scott, is seeking to help train volunteers "on how to record police encounters in minority neighborhoods," the AP says. Source: AP

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham made an emotional appeal yesterday asking political leaders to sympathize with undocumented children who were safe from deportation under the Obama administration, protection President Donald Trump has been pressured to drop. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is one of 10 state attorneys general who are threatening legal action if Trump rescind the Obama executive order. Source: P&

Graham: "To President Trump: You're going to have to make a decision ... campaign is over. To the Republican Party: Who are we? What do we believe? The moment of reckoning is coming. When they write the history of these times, I'm going to be with these kids."

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