MORNING BUZZ: DSS stats questioned, a shipwreck lies in wait, and the emergence of two Colberts

Posted by JAMIE SELF on April 23, 2014 

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A state senator and a child-welfare advocate Tuesday disputed a claim by the state Department of Social Services that fewer children are dying under that agency’s care.

The pro-Nikki Haley political group, The Movement Fund, raised $287,500 during the first three months of the year but spent $400,000 mostly on a television ad promoting the governor's education plan, according to an IRS filing.

An expedition launches this week to recover more gold from a sunken 19th-century steamship about 160 miles off of the S.C. coast, the Associated Press reports.

One of S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell's attorneys told a reporter that a date has been set for continued arguments in the once-secret push to stop S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson from investigating Harrell.

S.C. native and television comedian Stephen Colbert appeared on CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman. Colbert is taking over for Letterman who retires next year. Here are some photos from the appearance

Proving his own wild popularity, Stephen Colbert is the namesake for one of two rare wolf pups born this month at a South Carolina wildlife refuge. They’ve been named after Colbert and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

A push to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining momentum and dividing people along the South Carolina coast, McClatchy D.C. reports.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham picks up an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Connor, one of six Republicans looking to oust Sen. Lindsey Graham, announced endorsements from two conservative groups.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, winner of the 2012 S.C. Republican presidential primary, endorsed Republican Sally Atwater for state Superintendent of Education, her campaign announced Tuesday.

State Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, endorsed Republican Meka Childs in the race for state Superintendent of Education.

See Gov. Nikki Haley's new TV campaign ads (and what the Dems had to say about them)

Happening today: Gov. Nikki Haley will announce the 2014 Professor of the Year Award, first floor lobby of the State House, 9:30 a.m. and will attend the 2014 S.C. Teacher of the Year celebration, and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, at 7 p.m. ... The S.C. House and Senate do not meet for regular session this week. The House has one subcommittee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.: Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee (Ethics Reform) (Blatt Room 516 / Agenda)

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