The Agenda, published each morning, features the top Charleston-area stories you’ll want to know each day.

State Supreme Court paves way for Upper King hotel
Capping a years-long fight between the city and preservationists, the State Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision Wednesday, setting the stage for a new hotel to rise above Marion Square at the corner of King and Hutson St. on the site of the vacant former public library building.
Source: Post and Courier

Capobianco to appear on Dr. Phil today
Matt and Melanie Capobianco will appear on the “Dr. Phil” show Thursday to discuss the case of their adopted daughter Veronica, which the S.C. Supreme Court ordered to be turned over to her birth father late last year under the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law designed to protect Native American children.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Broken Home: The Save Veronica story

College of Charleston, Charleston Law to offer joint MBA-law program
Beginning Fall 2013, the College of Charleston and Charleston School of Law will offer a dual-degree program that will allow students to earn MBA and law degrees simultaneously through a collaborative study program where students attend classes at each school over the course of three and a half years.
Source: WCBD-TV/AP, Charleston School of Law

Fighter pilot congressman
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott will stand on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown today with representatives from Lockheed Martin to test a pilot simulator for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is set to join fighters at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter and the Beaufort Marine Air Station.
Sources: WCBD-TV/AP

College of Charleston to host school board candidate forum
The College of Charleston will host a student-moderated panel for candidates for school board on October 31, a panel which the school says will be the final chance for voters to see the candidates together before the November 6 election.
Source: College of Charleston

Episcopal Church says S.C. diocese bishop has left church
After years of disagreement, most recently over how the church handles gay marriage, a disciplinary board for The Episcopal Church has said that Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, has abandoned the church.
Sources: Post and Courier

Rice, Tinubu face each other in debate
The two candidates squaring off to become the first congressman in the state’s new 7th Congressional District took the same stage Wednesday to debate the issues before an audience in Myrtle Beach. Political pundits and consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin also held a discussion before the event.
Sources: Myrtle Beach Sun News

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