Feds ground 787 Dreamliner over battery issues
Days after Japan’s All Nippon Airlines grounded their fleet of a few dozen Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the Federal Aviation Administration is ordering all American-operated 787s to remain grounded until it can determine what caused two separate battery fires in two days.
Sources: NY Times, AP, Post and Courier

Haley calls on legislators for action on infrastructure, government restructuring, taxes, and renewed conversation on education
Gov. Nikki Haley used her third State of the State address Wednesday to call on lawmakers to take action to rebuild the state’s crumbling roads without raising taxes, cut individual income taxes, and spurn the expansion of federal Medicaid programs under Obamacare. Haley is also attempting to push the reset button on the debate over education, calling on lawmakers to “start witha conversation.”
Sources: Post and Courier, The State
Related: Full text of Haley’s speech
Law enforcement officers lay out agenda (The State)
Democrats respond with statement from Columbia real estate business owner (AP)

Group pushing for Folly to ease alcohol ban
A grassroots group on Folly Beach is gathering signatures from island residents to encourage town council to ease the beach booze ban to make it more hospitable to locals and those not visiting on characteristically busy holiday weekends.
Sources: Post and Courier

South Carolina reacts to Obama’s gun proposals
South Carolina lawmakers and business owners sounded off Wednesday after President Obama rolled out his policy proposals to curb gun violence across the U.S., including stricter rules on gun shows.
Sources: The State, Myrtle Beach Sun News, WYFF-TV, Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Related: The NRA should help arm young black men, the No. 1 victims of gun violence (Haire of the Dog)

Sanford makes it official, SC-1 field expands
Gov. Mark Sanford made his intentions to run in the 1st Congressional District special election to fill the vacancy left by Tim Scott official Wednesday, a move that opens the race up significantly with a large field of candidates already in the fray. Charleston School Board member Elizabeth Moffly followed Wednesday afternoon and announced she’d enter the race as well.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, NY Times, Post and Courier, AP

Port of Charleston reports boost in earnings
Earnings and cargo traffic have increased in the first half of the State Ports Authority’s fiscal year, the agency reported Wednesday, though some think there’s still room to grow
Sources: Charleston Regional Business Journal
Related: SPA reports unexpected interest in inland port (GSA Business)

Carlos Dunlap pays visit to North Charleston elementary school
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap made a stop at North Charleston’s Goodwin Elementary School Wednesday with a message for students to eat healthy.
Sources: Post and Courier

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