Following an epic 12-hour session in which more than 100 amendments were proposed, the S.C. House has given its early approval to a $24.5 billion state budget, including $7 billion in General Fund tax revenue, for the upcoming fiscal year, according to the South Carolina Radio Network. Much of yesterday's debate was devoted to thwarted Democratic efforts to expand Medicaid eligibility and to fully fund K-12 education as called for by the state's own funding formula. The package is expected to go to the Senate after another procedural vote today.
Several members of South Carolina’s delegation to Washington — Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Congressman Joe Wilson — have asked Gov. Nikki Haley to “explore any legal avenues” to keep a controversial nuclear project online at the Savannah River Site, WLTX reports. The controversial project, the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility, is a first-of-its-kind effort to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel, which has been dogged by delays and cost overruns. The U.S. Department of Energy recently slashed funding for MOX facility, placing it on “cold standby.”
State lawmakers are so concerned about your freedom of speech, as long as you aren’t talking up the gays in public institutions, that they have codified into law the right of students to distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution on college campuses. Never mind that no one has ever tried to stop kids from doing that in South Carolina. Apparently it has happened before, out in California, WLTX reports. If we don’t halt this scourge now, zombie voters may bring such tyranny to our doorstep. File under: “Another waste of time and resources courtesy of your General Assembly.”
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, SCE&G’s V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County failed to screen out a suspected arsonist from its applicant file, allowing him to work there as a contract employee in late 2010, The State’s Sammy Fretwell reports. An NRC spokesman said such security failings are rare and taken very seriously, even though, in this case, the man was fired and no incidents occurred.
The Darla Moore School of Business, the University of South Carolina’s international MBA program, has regained the No. 1 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, WBTW reports. Go Cocks!
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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Real Estate Spotlight
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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