Councilman Cameron Runyan joined the mayor and two of his Columbia City Council colleagues in penning an op-ed in Sunday's edition of The State saying they intend to vote for a controversial minor-league baseball stadium at Bull Street. Runyan's public announcement appears to close the book on months of uncertainty about how he might vote. The final vote is Tuesday night.
Chesterfield County's sheriff goes on trial Monday for allegedly giving away guns and giving inmates extra privileges, among other things — and he's one of seven rural South Carolina sheriffs prosecuted over the last four years. Some sheriffs tell the Associated Press they feel they're facing too much scrutiny from law enforcement lately.
Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina, is a nominee for the board of directors of Georgia-based Synovus Financial Corp., which owns the National Bank of South Carolina, NBSC, the Post and Courier reports.
South Carolina's Department of Education is withdrawing from a consortium that is developing tests for the Common Core standards, according to Education Week. After having begun to implement the national standards, state leaders are beginning to draw back from them, and the Legislature is working on a compromise bill that would require the state to withdraw from the consortium anyway.
Former Rep. Barney Frank is in Columbia today. He speaks at a fundraiser for South Carolina Equality, and also gives a public talk at USC on the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law that bears his name.
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