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Gamecocks’ Clowney Picked First in NFL Draft

Plus, S.C. Episcopalians to Allow Same-Sex Rites
By Eva Moore
Friday, May 9, 2014 |
Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was the first pick in this year's NFL draft, which began Thursday night. He'll play for the Houston Texans. No other Gamecocks were picked in the first round, but the draft continues through Saturday. Clemson's Sammy Watkins was the No. 4 pick; he'll play for the Buffalo Bills.

An advisory panel has finalized the list of 69 projects that would be funded by a 1 percent sales tax hike set to go before Lexington County voters this fall, The State reports. The package includes $194 million in road construction and improvements, $53 million for water and sewer projects, and $21 million for recreation projects, all spread across the county.

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina will allow congregations to perform blessings of same-sex couples, The State reports. The diocese covers the Upstate and Midlands. The same-sex blessing debate has caused rifts in the Episcopal church nationwide, and was one reason Lowcountry bishop Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence split from the church.

The state Senate might form a panel to help South Carolina State University right itself. The historically black university has struggled with debt; it got a $6 million emergency loan last week to help it stay afloat.

Vice President Joe Biden is in town to give USC's commencement address. He'll also headline a fundraising lunch for the state Democratic Party.

It's Confederate Memorial Day. State offices are closed.

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