Baby Veronica coming back to Charleston – The State Supreme court ruled yesterday that custody of Baby Veronica should be granted to local adoptive couple Matt and Melanie Capobianco (WaPo) as it considered the case which was remanded to the state after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed S.C. justices’ application of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the case, saying that the rule could not be applied in the case of Veronica’s birth father, Dusten Brown of Oklahoma. The S.C. court called for a “prompt” order to be sent to family court (P&C) to push through Veronica’s adoption by the Capobiancos, who live on James Island.
CofC prof sex allegations – Former College of Charleston professor Enrique Graf, an internationally-known pianist with tenure at the school, resigned in June (P&C) after a university and state police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct with students. Complaints against Graf reportedly dated back to 1994, when the school is said to have recomended his dismissal but closed the case when the initial complaint was withdrawn.
Fish out of water – A jogger ran across a five-foot shark (ABC4) while on a morning run on Sullivan’s Island yesterday. Insert Sharknado joke.
Court sides with Rocky D – In a case brought before the State Supreme Court by Charleston radio DJ Rocky D, justices ruled 3-2 (AP) saying that even private groups that receive public funding are subject to state open records laws. Rocky D argued that the South Carolina Association of School Administrators should be subject to sunshine laws as the group represents public school boards and receives state funds.
Hagel in Charleston – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made a stop at Joint Base Charleston (P&C) on Wednesday as part of a tour of East Coast bases and said civilian job cuts could continue if federal sequestration continues. (CRBJ)
Mass 54th – Nearing its sesquicentennial, CBS News talks with the great great nephew of Sgt. William Carney, an escaped slave who carried the flag for the 54th Massachusetts regiment in the Battle of Fort Wagner, the subject of our cover story last week, “Freedom Fighters.”
Pee Dee nuke plant – Costs of keeping up the HB Robinson nuclear reactor near Hartsville could prompt Duke Energy to mothball the plant. (State)