Richland County Council 2017

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Former Richland County Administrator Gerald Seals sat down for an interview with The State Thursday in which he said his sudden termination — during a Tuesday Council meeting at which he wasn't even present — may have violated state law. The law says that if Council decides to fire its administrator, "he shall be given a written statement of the reasons alleged for the proposed removal and the right to a hearing" at a public meeting; he can also request a public hearing, something Seals says he may do. He also disputed assertions made by some council members, particularly Norman Jackson, that Seals has not been transparent with Council.

S.C. House Approves Solar Bill

The S.C. House voted Thursday to approve a bill that will eliminate caps on how much rooftop solar power consumers can sell back to utilities, a move that solar companies and advocates say will expand the market in the state. According to The Post and Courier, anger over the V.C. Summer nuclear plant debacle helped pushed the solar bill to success. However, the paper notes: "Utilities contend ratepayers are being forced to subsidize an industry that has already gotten off the ground and mostly benefits wealthy residents."

Hurricane Season Could Be 'Above Average'

The 2018 hurricane season is looking ugly, according to researchers. The State reports on a new study saying the Atlantic will cough up roughly seven hurricanes this season, with three of them a Category 3 or above. There is a 39 percent chance of a hurricane hitting the East Coast this year.