Sanford admits failure in personal life, but insists ‘I never failed the taxpayer’

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Ex-Gov. Mark Sanford said during an appearance on TODAY this morning that he admits failure in his personal life, specifically in his marriage, but as he works to move back into national politics, Sanford says ‘I never failed the taxpayer.’
Sources: TODAY, Post and Courier Politico
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North Charleston woman recalls time on troubled Carnival cruise
A North Charleston woman recalls what she says felt like a bad dream as the Carnival Triumph floated helplessly in the ocean and passengers waited days without running water, electricity, or plumbing on the ship.
Sources: Live 5 News

Stavrinakis joins with Republicans to press forward on legislation to require state reporting of mental health records to national database
Charleston-area Rep. Leon Stavrinakis stood outside Ashley Hall School Monday in front of parents of students at the school to roll out bipartisan legislation that would require the state to report mental health records to the federal government to be included in a national background check database used to cross-check potential gun buyers.
Sources: Post and Courier, AP, ABC News 4, SC Radio Network
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Is rapid transit a solution for S.C. transportation?
Right now, less than 1% of South Carolina workers use mass transit; the Post and Courier takes a look at what might be in store if the state decided to move to a more mass transit-oriented approach to getting around the Palmetto State.
Sources: Post and Courier

State home sales up 22% in January
While median home sales were up just marginally, S.C. Realtors Association data shows residential home sales up 21.8% in January compared to the same period a year earlier, with the Charleston seeing one of the largest drops in the average number of days a home was on the market, falling 23.1% to 89 days.
Sources: Columbia Business Report