COLUMBIA – Behind closed doors, lawyers are attempting to negotiate two of the state’s thorniest and most controversial issues in talks that could lead to spending millions of tax dollars and impact services to thousands of people.
Lawyers in the two mediations are trying to resolve years-long legal disputes. One involves the development of a state child support enforcement computer system; the other stems from the care and treatment of mentally ill inmates in the state’s prisons. The meetings have been going on for months, and could continue months longer.
Details of what happens in mediations are generally secret. That allows participants to be more open about their views and possible solutions, attorneys say.
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South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey gave Charleston area lawmakers an optimistic view of the future but did say the school still needs help from the state and Legislature to address the woes facing the Orangeburg college.
“We’re on the rebound, no question about it,” Elzey told members of the Charleston County legislative delegation Thursday. But he added “we still need resources, we need the support of the Legislature.”
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COLUMBIA, SC — Roughly $5 million in state tax money could be available to beef up law enforcement during next year’s Atlantic Beach Bikefest.
The money, included in the state budget that takes effect Tuesday, is in response to violence during this year’s Bikefest. During the Memorial Day weekend event, three people were shot to death and there were at least seven other shootings.
Compared with 10 years ago, the most serious crimes during Bikefest have more than doubled, to 114 this year from 42 in 2004.
In reaction, Horry County area officials have called for additional law enforcement to head off violence at next year’s Bikefest. Read more ›