MORNING BUZZ: Reactions to Glenn McConnell's new presidency, Harrell's hearing revisited, and an education panel eyes evolution

Posted by JAMIE SELF on March 24, 2014 

Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, (left) and Sen. John Land, D-Clarendon, robes Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, after he was sworn-in as the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 2012.


— The State had an exclusive interview this weekend with S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, who was named president of the College of Charleston on Saturday.

Reaction to the Charleston Republican's appointment has been mixed. Here's a look at what some said about it on Twitter.

Reports linking Duke Energy to more contamination at an Upstate power plant surfaced late last week as the company and environmental groups prepared for a meeting with South Carolina regulators Monday to discuss Duke’s troubles managing toxic coal ash ponds.

Read the Sunday Buzz to find out which S.C. Senate bills are top priorities, how the fight against Obamacare died, and what an ex-S.C. GOP chairman has to say about the importance of running for office even if losing is the best bet.

Rural hospitals, faced with changes in the industry many brought on by the Affordable Care Act, are finding it more difficult to remain independent and are looking for ways to merge or work with urban hospitals.

Lexington is eyeing ballot changes, citing poor voter turnout since the town opted to move municipal elections to November of odd-numbered years.

Judge Thomas Cooper on Friday gave Richland legislators about a week to resolve their legal problems with the make-up of the county elections board. Last year, Cooper ruled in a separate lawsuit that the 2011 merger of the county elections and voter-registration offices were unconstitutional because they were done by a local law.

Columbia's new police chief, Skip Holbrook, is credited with turning around a dangerous West Virginia neighborhood.

A circuit court judge has not yet made a decision on whether to disqualify Attorney General Alan Wilson from prosecuting a State Grand Jury investigation of S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell. Check out photos from Friday's hearing.

Happening today: The S.C. Education Oversight Committee's Academic Standards and Assessments Subcommittee meets at 10 a.m. to discuss revisions to a biology standard dealing with evolution and natural selection. (Agenda) The panel also will hear from a Florida reading specialist. South Carolina has modeled a proposed statewide public school reading initiative after Florida's program. At 2 p.m. the EOC's Public Awareness Subcommittee meets to discuss a parent survey and other items. (Agenda)

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