[image-1]Hogs descend on suburban West Ashley neighborhood
Residents of West Ashley’s sprawling Grand Oaks collection of subdivisions says wild hogs, who had previously sought refuge in local wooded areas that are being cut down by nearby construction, are rooting through lawns “like a drunken farmer,” causing significant damage to landscaping and consternation to residents, who know better than to antagonize the tusked hogs, which are characteristically aggressive and fearless.
Sources: Post and Courier

Jenny Sanford says ‘no’ to U.S. House bid
Former first lady Jenny Sanford said Monday that she would not run for Congress to fill the seat left vacant by now-Sen. Tim Scott. Sanford’s ex-husband, former gov. Mark Sanford is said to be close to announcing his intentions to run for the seat.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, SC Radio Network, Politico, Associated Press, Roll Call
Related: Teddy Turner to kick off congressional bid

Sanford, Sellers push HPV vaccine
Sanford was originally asked about her run for Congress during a press conference where she stood alongside Democratic State Rep. Bakari Sellers of Orangeburg to push for a bill that would make the HPV vaccine available to state seventh-graders. A similar measure was passed by the legislature and vetoed by Gov. Haley last year.
Sources: Post and Courier, Live 5 News, The State/AP

Howard Rich donates $153,000 to candidates for state legislature
New York real estate investor Howard Rich pumped $153,000 into candidates’ campaigns for state legislature in the November general election. Charleston-area legislators Sens. Robert Ford, Paul Thurmond, Larry Grooms, Mike Rose (lost), and Rep. Samuel Rivers all took money from voucher advocate Rich.
Sources: Post and Courier

2007 Citadel grad killed in Afghanistan
Army Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, Citadel class of 2007, was killed in action on Jan. 10 in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan south of Jalalabad. Wittman is the first U.S. casualty of 2013 and the 18th Citadel graduate killed since Sept. 11, 2001.
Sources: Post and Courier, WLTX-TV, Patch, ABC News 4

West Ashley Books-a-Million to close
Shoppers at the West Ashley Books-a-Million were surprised to see a “Store Closing” sign in front of the store, which employees 14 people. The location’s final day will be Feb. 16.
Sources: Post and Courier

Editorial: “Veronica deserves better”
“Legality is essential. But so is humanity. And while we are a nation of laws, we also should strive to be a nation of compassion — and common sense. Should the legal system have taken a then-27-month-old girl away from the only parents she had ever known on the final day of 2011? Not without an extraordinary reason.”
Sources: Post and Courier