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Legislators Rolling in Cash

Plus, Does the Lottery Make Students Slack?
By Dan Cook
Friday, February 14, 2014 |
The S.C. Board of Economic Advisors reported that state legislators have another $108 million in revenue they can spend. The money comes from a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline ($28 million) over its marketing of the drug Avandia and higher than expected lottery revenues ($80 million), according to The Associated Press.

Speaking of the lottery, The Associated Press reported earlier this week that some educators worry South Carolina's lottery-funded scholarships could be creating a perverse incentive, whereby high school students choose not to take the hardest classes for fear of losing their scholarships.

More than 240,000 South Carolina residents were still without power as of Friday morning, The Associated Press reported.

What are the roads looking like out there? So glad you asked: Here's the state Department of Transportation's rundown on conditions throughout South Carolina.

The University of South Carolina men's basketball team picked up a much-needed win against Vanderbilt. The team is 9-15 overall and 2-9 in the SEC.

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