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Mark Sanford Says He’s a Better Listener Now

Plus, Columbia Is About to Get Cold
By Eva Moore
Monday, January 6, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford tells the Associated Press he's changed since his earlier days in Congress, and now works harder to understand other people's positions. The former South Carolina governor and former representative returned to Washington after winning a special election in 2013.

For the next few days it is going to be extremely cold.

The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at the potential impact of a massive potato farm along the Edisto River after environmentalists lodged a complaint.

Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan is the new chair of the city's Finance, Audit and Budget Committee. He talked to The State about his plans. Among them: Reintroducing the idea of Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott managing the city's police department, an idea several of his colleagues panned; and a freeze on all general fund budget increases except for police, fire and 911 services. Runyan also reminded us of former Councilman Kirkman Finlay III when he said, "I’m going to do everything I can to make them fiscally responsible,” of his budget suggestions to council. “If they aren’t, then, yeah, I may vote against the budget.”

City Council hired a consultant to do a feasibility study of bringing minor-league baseball back to Columbia. Surprise, surprise: The study [that's a PDF file], which was released late Friday, gives the idea a thumbs-up.

A circuit court judge denied an appeal by The Episcopal Church in South Carolina to expand its lawsuit against the Diocese of South Carolina. The latter group split from the national Episcopal Church over its support for gay marriage, among other theological issues. The national church is accusing the Diocese of South Carolina of conspiring to leave the church and take assets with them. Indeed, new court documents show the splinter group may have been planning to split from the national church as far back as 2005.

Some Richland County residents will get new recycling rollcarts this week.

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