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Election Fallout Continues

Plus, Is Ruben Santiago Qualified for the Top Cop Job?
By Eva Moore
Monday, November 25, 2013 |

As fallout continues from Richland County’s latest vote-counting failure, the City of Columbia’s election board meets Tuesday morning to discuss additional ways it can make sure votes are accurately counted. The county’s elections office runs elections for the city, including next week’s strong mayor referendum.

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago is applying for the permanent top job for which the city is currently advertising. But according to The State, he might not be qualified for it.

Ten schools in Lexington County are closed Monday due to a water main break, meaning thousands of students aren’t at school.

Teen smoking in South Carolina has dropped significantly, says DHEC. About 15 percent of high school students have smoked, according to the latest South Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey In 2011, the rate was nearly 24 percent.

Someone recorded a zookeeper at Riverbanks Zoo trying to fend off a kangaroo with his fists. It went viral.

This morning, the Columbia chapter of the Police Benevolent Society and Mayor Steve Benjamin hold a press conference in front of the bar formerly known as The Library for “a special announcement regarding the upcoming December 3 strong mayor referendum.” The group has endorsed Benjamin’s previous campaigns. Various law enforcement types have identified the bar as a gang hangout and trouble spot in Five Points.

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