Riley lays out tax hike plans to fund school, downtown policing
Mayor Joe Riley is proposing a $40 tax increase on homes valued over $250,000 that would fund 19 additional officers to patrol public and private elementary schools in the city, in addition to more more officers to patrol the “entertainment zone” around bars, restaurants, and attractions downtown and build more fire stations, hire fire fighters, and buy fire engines.
Sources: Post and Courier

West Ashley women’s clinic turns into symbolic abortion battlefield on weekends
A look at the Charelston Women’s Center in West Ashley, where abortion protesters gather each Saturday to demonstrate against abortion.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Abortion protester accuses liberal activist of hitting him with a car (City Paper)

Cannon announces jail’s accreditation
Sheriff Al Cannon is set to announce today the detention center named after him is now one of 136 detention centers in the nation to hold International Accreditation by the America Correctional Association, and the only in South Carolina.
Sources: Live 5 News, Post and Courier

Patriots Point discusses Medal of Honor Museum
The Patriots Point Development Authority offered a 99-year, $99 lease to a $100 million waterfront Medal of Honor Museum proposed for the attraction’s Mount Pleasant property.
Sources: Post and Courier

Strom Thurmond’s eldest daughter Washington-Williams dies at 87
Essie Mae Washington-Williams passed away Monday. Correspondence between former segregationist, judge, S.C. governor, and U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond and his oldest daughter, who he never publicly acknowledged during his life, shed some light on the nature of their life-long relationship of mutual respect. Thurmond died in 2003.
Sources: The State, Washington Post
Related: Letters shed light on Thurmond and Washington-Williams’ relationship (The State)

State lawmakers debate over docket control
The legislature is set to hold a discussion related to the control over S.C. court schedules, prosecutors or judges.
Sources: Associated Press
Related: State court ruling strips solicitor of power to decide court dates (City Paper)

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