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MORNING BUZZ: Sheheen TV ad aims at Haley's DSS, Common Core to creationism at ed chiefs' debate, Harrell beefs up legal team, sex-ed and cursive seek OK

05/28/2014 7:30 AM

05/28/2014 7:32 AM

What's happening today: Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, the Gilbert Marine who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month, will attend a Columbia luncheon on Wednesday honoring South Carolina soldiers who died while serving their country. The event hosted by state Sen. Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington, will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Capital City Club. ... Israel's Ambassador to United States Ron Dermer will visit First Baptist North Spartanburg at 8:30 a.m. in Spartanburg and Brookland Baptist Church at noon in West Columbia with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in events for Christians United for Israel. ... Several education bills must clear a critical hurdle in the Senate Education Committee to have a chance of passing this year. They would make public schools teach medically accurate information about sex, require school children to learn cursive, teach sexual assault awareness and prevention to public school students, allow schools to teach about "winter holidays" and their non-religious symbols, allow school nurses to administer a controversial seizure drug, and provide more options for ways to pass a test needed to graduate from high school. The committee meets at 10 a.m.


Sen. Vincent Sheheen's first TV ad aims at Haley's DSS, features local sheriff

GOP candidates for Superintendent of Education divide on Common Core, evolution vs. creationism in the classrooms

Speaker Bobby Harrell beefs up legal team ; AG Wilson asks SC Supreme Court to keep Harrell investigation matters sealed

Pat McKinney still holds money lead in SC lieutenant governor’s race

S.C. Democrats vying for U.S. Senate to debate Thursday

Politico: Poll shows U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham avoiding runoff

Meka Childs launches first TV ad supporting individualized education, school choice

Angry residents demand Myrtle Beach officials do something to curb violence on Memorial Day weekend

Audit: Lack of cost control at S.C. nuke fuel plant

DSS report shows caseloads exceed director's estimates and recommended maximums

S.C. plan to ban powdered alcohol fails

Gov. Nikki Haley vetoes Rep. Bakari Sellers' bill for school buildings in Denmark-Olar district

Who's schmoozing the S.C. General Assembly today: South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, luncheon for members only (noon - 2 p.m., Blatt Room 112)

S.C. State House today

Senate meetings

Full body meets at 11:45 a.m.

• 9 a.m.: Fish, Game and Forestry Committee (Gressette Room 209 / Agenda )
• 10 a.m.: General Committee (Gressette Room 307 / Agenda )
• 10 a.m.: Education Committee (Gressette Room 207 / Agenda )
• 11 a.m.: Banking and Insurance Committee on Reports and on H.4927 (Gressette Room 308 / Agenda )

House meetings

Full body meets at 10 a.m.

• 9 a.m.: Agency Head Salary Commission (Gressette Room 406 / Agenda )
• 9 a.m.: Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee (Blatt Room 403 / Agenda )

Joint meetings

9 a.m.: Agency Head Salary Commission (Gressette Room 406 / Agenda )

• 1:30 p.m.: Conference Committee on H.3124 (State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda )

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