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Suspended Lexington County Sheriff Appears in Court

Plus, Columbia Couple to Appear on "Sex Sent Me to the ER"
By Eva Moore
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |

Lexington County Sheriff Jimmy Metts, who was suspended after being indicted on bribery charges recently, appears in federal court today.

Five months after Richland County Council screwed up the selection of a contractor to handle its $1 billion penny tax project, the county has selected a new contractor. Three companies, ICA, Brownstone and MB Kahn Construction, will make up the project development team. The tax is being used to build and refurbish roads, intersections and greenways across the county.

The Carolinas are likely to have a brush with the first tropical storm of the season this week, the Post and Courier reports.

The jury will continue deliberating today in the corruption trial of local developer and former S.C. State board chair Jonathan Pinson.

The election for Lexington County coroner is today. Seven candidates are in the running. If no candidate gets 50 percent or more of the vote, there’ll be a runoff election between the top two candidates two weeks from now.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that many corporations can decline to cover contraception as part of their health insurance plans if they hold religious objections to birth control. The 5-4 decision is being heralded by the Palmetto Family Council, a Columbia-based Christian fundamentalist group that filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga, who won the case.

A Columbia couple will appear on the rivetingly bad new TV show Sex Sent Me to the ER, in which couples recount sexual escapades that landed them in the hospital, with actors dramatizing the scenes. The segment featuring the Columbia couple unfolds thusly: “[A] sexy nighttime motorcycle escapade turns painful for Cicely when she and Chuck decide to take their love into the great outdoors and onto a motorcycle. After rushing to the ER, the doctor is left stumped as to what could be causing her allergy-like reactions.” The show airs Saturday, July 5, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

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