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Dateline highlights North Charleston drug crime-fighting tactic – NBC’s Dateline aired the product of a year-long story following an experimental program instituted by North Charleston police last year to rehabilitate small-time drug offenders in an effort to rid the city’s closely-knit neighborhoods from open-air drug crime. Check back for the full episode as soon as it’s available.

CARTA improvements track buses in real-time – A new bus tracking system will make it easier for CARTA riders to see anticipated pick-up times across 100 vehicles in the CARTA fleet outfitted with new GPS trackers. The system is thought to be the first of its kind in the state. Visit to try it out.

Cougars, Buccaneers headed to post-season play – While the College of Charleston Cougars and Charleston Southern Bucs won’t be playing in the Big Dance, both teams learned that they will play in postseason tournaments beginning tomorrow when CofC hosts Paul Hewwitt’s George Mason Patriots in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). CSU will play a hot Southern Mississippi team in an NIT match-up in Hattiesburg, M.S. on Wednesday night in the team’s first postseason appearance since 1997.

Biden likely to visit Dems’ convention weekend – Though party officials are remaining tight-lipped, The State reported this weekend that Vice President Joe Biden has been booked as the keynote speaker at the state Democratic Party’s May 3 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Columbia, which precedes the party’s yearly convention and Clyburn Fish Fry. Politico and the Post and Courier have separately confirmed the trip in recent weeks.

Bill would ban gun-safety talk from docs to patients – A bill proposed by Republican state Rep. Josh Putnam of Anderson would make it illegal for doctors to discuss gun safety with their patients except in the case of emergencies. “We don’t want citizens to feel like they are going to be intruded upon,” Putnam says. “What we are kind of scared of is where this will go down the road.”

Bright positions himself to challenge Graham – State Sen. Lee Bright told Politico that he is “leaning heavily toward” announcing that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican primary, making an issue over Graham’s criticism of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s epic 14-hour filibuster last week.

SC-1 voters head to polls tomorrow – The race for the Republican nomination in the 1st District special election has settled into a battle for 2nd place behind ex-Gov. Mark Sanford’s attempt at a political resurrection, who’s presumed to be the favorite going into the initial contest on Tuesday. Since it’s likely that no candidate will get 50% of the votes, local elections officials are preparing for the April 2 runoff to determine who will face presumed Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Will Kiawah residents pay to pave road to Capt. Sam’s Spit? – In a follow up to Stratton Lawrence’s feature news story last week, the Post and Courier looks at the situation now faced by Kiawah Island homeowners who may be footing the bill to pay for an access road to a proposed 50-home development on an isolated end of Kiawah known as Capt. Sam’s Spit.

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