Happening today: The S.C. Senate will try again to elect a Senate president po tempore as a first step in filling the soon-to-be vacant post of lieutenant governor.....The Senate is expected to start work on Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes. The S.C. House sustained 15 vetoes Tuesday, cutting $1.4 million from the state's $7 billion general fund budget. The House also decided to keep their pay raises, overriding Haley's veto of the increase. The Senate meets at 2 p.m.
Operation Lost Effort? The state's ethics laws last got a makeover during Operation Lost Trust, the state's 20-year-old infamous FBI sting operation investing public corruption. But will lawmakers approve a proposed update to the law? The bill could get OK'd or canned this week. In an eleventh-hour twist, the latter option emerges the preference of some pro-ethics reform activists.
Lexington sheriff indicted: In news that shook Lexington County, longtime Sheriff James Metts was federally indicted Tuesday. The State Grand Jury also handed down indictments to a former Lexington town councilman, a restaurant owner and a former South Congaree police chief. Gov. Haley suspended Metts and named Lewis McCarty to replace him. Check out reactions to the news and a 1999 story on McCarty.
The College of Charleston will have to wait to become a research university
Sheheen picks up endorsement from S.C. educators
Haley's appointee on State Board of Education endorses Molly Spearman
State schools chief Mick Zais endorses Sally Atwater
Winthrop University's board accuses president of lying, violating ethics law (Rock Hill Herald)
What's going on in the race for SC ed chief? (Greenville News)
Gov. Nikki Haley's schedule: Haley will address the Mt. Pleasant Business Association at 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Ballroom, 250 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant.
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