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April 14, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: SC State board meets, Rick Santorum visits Charleston

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What's happening today: A deal could be in the works to get S.C. State University the money that it says it needs to avoid interrupting campus services and to win over accreditors. School trustees have called a special meeting at 10 a.m. with the only agenda item being a closed session. S.C. State has a $13.6 million shortfall -- half of which is $6.5 million diverted to from a school-affiliated program to help poorer communities. That money was used to cover earlier cash shortages over than past seven years. The accreditors come Wednesday.

• Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a 2016 White House prospect who finished third in the 2012 South Carolina GOP presidential primary, will address two Charleston Republican groups -- the Charleston County Republican Women at noon and the Charleston County Republican Committee at 6 p.m. Another 2016 hopeful, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, is coming to Charleston on Tuesday to speak at The Citadel for a Free Enterprise Foundation dinner.
• U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, is scheduled to host a free barbeque on Monday night at the Summerville Country Club.


Darlington Raceway, on its second new date in a decade , facing questions about moving back to traditional Labor Day weekend spot or possibly moving off NASCAR’s schedule. But the track sold more tickets to Saturday's race than a year ago. Plus a bonus lap : How The Buzz found that racing and politics mixed at Darlington Raceway's Southern 500 on Saturday.

The Sunday Buzz discusses how U.S. Senate hopeful Det Bowers has tapped two top campaign advisers for Republican Rick Santorum’s unsuccessful 2012 White House run, reveals the friends who gave to Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen and tells the story of how Uncle Sam led to credit problems for U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn.

For people hoping to install low-cost solar panels on their roofs, a plan working its way through the state Legislature doesn’t guarantee that will happen any time soon. If the bill passes, it could be a year or more until a statewide program would be established that many hope would lower the price of home solar energy systems.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the expected Democratic nominee for governor , sat down with a group of local women Saturday afternoon — one of four stops across the state to discuss women’s issues in South Carolina. Most of the women spoke about issues that touch all state residents, from what they see as a lack of support from government agencies to the disparity between life in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, declined on Sunday to say how he'll vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to run the Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Politco reports.

Last year, the Legislature coughed up an additional $1.2 million for the Corrections Department to hire more counselors and improve mental health care for inmates. But that amount is not nearly enough to cover the changes ordered by a court to aid mentally ill prisoners, experts said. A former state prison chief has suggested that fix could cost $50 million or more - in the first year alone, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports.

The S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, one of the largest, costliest agencies in state government, pays Clemson University's Social Analytics Institute $50,000 a year to "scrape data" from 150 million public, real-time feeds each day and report back to the agency what people on the Internet are talking about, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports.

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy told Republicans in Asheville on Saturday night that the GOP needs to improve how it communicates if it hopes to win the presidency in 2016. The crowd at the Buncombe County Republican Party’s annual Linclon-Reagan dinner fundraiser at the Renaissance Hotel was the largest ever, The (Asheville) Citizens-Times reports.

in South Carolina and 40 other states , an adopted child cannot get an original birth certificate without the consent of the birth mother. Increasingly, states are revamping their laws to do away with that condition, The Greenville News reports.

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