August 18, 2014
News Release – For Immediate Release
Contact: Radia Heyward – 843-906-0933
Senator Marlon Kimpson, his wife Kimberlyn and the Time To Give Back Committee are pleased to announce the non-profit organizations that have been selected to receive grant funding from his South Carolina Senate compensation. “It was a very competitive process and we had some tough decisions to make. All of the applicants are worthy of funding,” said Senator Kimpson. “The committee worked hard to sort through the submissions and determine how to allocate the resources. We tried to stretch the money as far as possible,” said Kimberlyn Kimpson.
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A local lawmaker has asked fellow senators to decide whether the Charleston Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” procedures run afoul of the law.
Sen. Marlon Kimpson’s request came this week after the Charleston Democrat heard residents’ concerns about 19-year-old Denzel Curnell’s death. Curnell fatally shot himself June 20 after an officer confronted him in part because the policeman thought he was dressed suspiciously.
A Charleston police field guide lays out factors, such as wearing heavy clothing in the summer, that officers can consider in developing suspicion that someone might be armed and acting criminally. But critics have said the provisions could give rise to unintended racial profiling. Young black men, such as Curnell, often wear hooded sweatshirts, despite the heat, they argued. Read more ›
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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