[image-1]Feds to launch comprehensive investigation of 787 Dreamliner design and production
After a handful reportedly grounded Dreamliners in the last few months, most recently from two separate incidents in a Japanese carrier’s 787s, the Federal Aviation Administration announced this morning that it would launch a coordinated investigation into the design, development, and manufacturing of the innovative mega-jetliner, which are assembled in North Charleston and Everett, Washington.
Sources: Post and Courier, Seattle Times, NPR/AP, FAA

State’s top education, law enforcement officials tussle over guns in schools
State superintendent Mick Zais and SLED chief Mark Keel differed sharply when asked Thursday whether they supported allowing school staff members to carry guns in local schools. Zais said he would support such proposals if enacted on a local basis, while Keel said he had yet to meet a law enforcement officer who thought it was a good idea to post armed teachers in state schools.
Sources: Post and Courier, The State

Sanford staking out office space on King St., T-Rav considering entering SC-1 race
Former S.C. governor Mark Sanford was seen Thursday touring potential congressional campaign HQ space in the old Tellis Pharmacy building on lower King St. Thomas Ravenel confirms via Facebook that he’s considering entering the 1st District special election.
Sources: Post and Courier

Former S.C. State officials indicted on federal kickback charges
A $3.3 million compound, a $110,000 Porsche Cayenne, and two former high-ranking South Carolina State University officials are tied up in a federal investigation into charges of extortion and kickbacks. A former board of trustees chair and former campus police chief plead guilty to charges in Charleston Thursday. School officials are remaining tight-lipped, but additional charges may be on the way for others.
Sources: Post and Courier, The State

Ex-sen. DeMint in WaPo: Conservatives need a new message
“The U.S. Senate reached an all-time low — a hard mark to achieve — last week as I said my goodbyes to rejoin the real world. The “fiscal cliff” theatrics ended with a predictable non-solution that raised taxes on all U.S. workers and added more weight to the millstone the federal government has hung around our necks.”
Sources: Washington Post

Berkeley spelling bee ends in controversy
“Salve”. Simple enough, right? Meant to soothe and heal wounds. Well, in Berkeley County, the word has caused more irritation than relief. The Post and Courier recounts Thursday’s spelling bee which ended in controversy with the contest’s defending winner retaining title.
Sources: Post and Courier

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