Defense cuts could hit businesses, local communities
Defense budget cuts at the national level will force adjustments by businesses and localities like those in the Charleston area that have depended on revenue generated by the nation’s two wars.
Sources: USA Today

Charleston Episcopal bishop will continue operating under original name
A circuit court judge has extended an order to allow the Right Rev. Mark Lawrence to continue operating under the name, seal and mark of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina Thursday in a suit brought by the national Episcopal Church.
Sources: The State

Haley insurance commissioner nominee facing scrutiny from lawmakers
Lawmakers are standing firm on questioning Gov. Nkki Haley’s nominee to head the insurance department, post he’s held on an interim basis, over questions about his time as a insurance industry lobbyist.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Stavrinakis op-ed: Farmer wrong guy for insurance department

Limehouse, Moffly kick off 1st District campaigns
Charleston state Rep. Chip Limehouse and local school board member Elizabeth Moffly kicked off their campaigns for the 1st District at a forum in Beaufort Thursday with talk of small government and slashing government assistance programs like food stamps and welfare.
Sources: Hilton Head Island Packet

How would a bus strike affect Charleston-area schools?
The Post and Courier looks at the numbers behind area schools to see how a Charleston bus drivers strike would affect the local community.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Teamsters rep says progress being made in negotiations (Live 5)

Brian Hicks: Is Johns Island Beach Co. development the right ‘deal’ for county?
“I want Charleston County taxpayers to buy me a 2014 Corvette. This is a great deal for you. Really. Just hear me out. See, I can’t afford to spend $60,000-plus on a Chevy. But the benefits to the county are so great, everyone should just chip in — and not ask too many pesky questions. All the county has to do is sign for the loan, and then use the revenue this car brings into the community to repay it.”
Sources: Post and Courier

State health officials work to strike sodas from food stamp-eligibility
Looking to cut down on the obesity level of South Carolina children, state Department of Health and Environmental Control officials have floated the idea of banning sugary sodas from being bought using food stamps.
Sources: The State

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