If it rules on appeals to North Carolina’s controversial ‘anti-LGBT’ bill, the federal appeals court’s ruling would also affect South Carolina. The North Carolina bill forces schools and governments to only allow use of bathrooms based on one’s gender at birth and bans local governments from expanding local civil rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. Source: AP, Vox
Greenwood (SC) Index-Journal editorial: “At least we don’t have Gov. Pat McCrory.”
State Attorney General Alan Wilson held a press conference yesterday accusing Solicitor David Pascoe of “tainting” the investigation into public corruption in the state House, defending his actions to pull Pascoe off the inquiry. The new special investigator, also a state solicitor, says he won’t act until a court rules over whether the reshuffle was legal. Source: AP, The State
After October’s catastrophic flooding washed away nutrient-rich topsoil from S.C. fields last year, farmers are “behind the eight ball” this year and may have to use more fertilizers to compensate. Source: AP, SC Radio Network
Several of the professors fired from Charleston School of Law amid restructuring over the past few years, dismissals which promoted lawsuits from some, have returned to work at the school. Source: P&C
Texas-based energy giant Kinder Morgan Inc. says it has suspended work on a $1 billion proposed petroleum pipeline that would be built through Georgia and South Carolina. The proposal had rankled some as the company sought to use eminent domain to condemn private property to gain rights-of-way. Source: The State, AP
Charleston has a big few days coming up, with the Volvo Cars Open, Cooper River Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival, and the Cajun Festival. Source: P&C
President Barack Obama commuted the jail sentences of three S.C. drug offenders he described as “serving time on the kind of outdated sentences that are clogging up our jails.” Source: P&C
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