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Bobby Harrell Back in Court

Plus, Senators Reject College Funding Cuts Tied to Gay-Themed Reading Assignments
By Porter Barron Jr.
Friday, May 2, 2014 |
The big show is back on this morning, as attorneys for S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell argue that Attorney General Alan Wilson should not be allowed to prosecute Harrell for public corruption before a state grand jury.

The S.C. Senate has unanimously approved a compromise bill that would have the Department of Education withdraw from controversial Common Core standards in one year’s time, according to The Anderson Independent Mail. The bill would also order the review and replacement of those standards during the meantime.

State senators have voted to restore a combined $69,000 to the budgets of two state colleges — USC-Upstate and College of Charleston. Conservatives in the House of Representatives have pushed to strip those schools’ funding as punishment for assigning gay-themed literature to students, South Carolina Radio Network reports.

The Town of Chapin has reinstated its city clerk, following her abrupt suspension last week by Mayor Skip Wilson, and called on SLED to investigate the mayor for “financial irregularities,” WLTX reports.

Commercial shrimping season began Thursday, but Beaufort County shrimpers are nervous about low catch numbers, given recent years’ diminishing hauls, according to The Island Packet.

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