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April 11, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: Haley widens cash lead against Sheheen in Guv's race re-match

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Gov. Nikki Haley widened her fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen to start the 2014 election year. Haley had $2.6 million more on hand than Sheheen as of March 31 – up by $300,000 from the end of 2013, according to records filed Thursday with the State Ethics Commission.

Here’s how the race for Superintendent of Education is shaping up in fundraising.

A Senate panel advanced a bill Thursday that would expand the state’s stand-your-ground self-defense law to specify that mothers can use deadly force to protect their unborn children from harm.

Some S.C. lawmakers want the ability to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate criminal ethics allegations against their colleagues as well as the state’s top political officials.

A group of exotic dancers is suing the owners of three S.C. strip clubs, claiming they should have received an hourly wage under the federal law designed to prevent the exploitation of employees.

USC Upstate’s chancellor says two programs dealing with homosexuality have been more controversial off than on campus, the (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal reports.

Comedian Stephen Colbert, a Charleston native who plays a conservative talk-show host on his show, “The Colbert Report,” will take over for David Letterman who is retiring from the “Late Show” next year.

How big are your potholes? A S.C. roads advocacy wants to know.

on Thursday passed its own version of a bill aimed at reforming the way public schools teach reading. The state Senate passed a similar bill Wednesday. But that proposal also included an expansion of the state's free, full-day 4-year-old kindergarten program for at-risk children.

South Carolina ranks "near the bottom" in treatment of mentally ill inmates according to a new report, the Greenville News reports.

Happening in politics: Easley businessman Richard Cash, running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June’s primary, will hold a meet and greet in Columbia today, from 4-5 p.m. at Dorothy Parker and Associates at 1818 Hampton Street in Columbia. On Saturday, Cash will attend a meet and greet at 9 a.m. at a private residence in Lexington....U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will host a Young Professionals reception at 5:30 p.m. in Greenville at the Nose Dive.

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