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Democratic state Senator Gerald Malloy told The Post and Courier that he’s considering a run for governor. Malloy reportedly said the Palmetto State needs “an experienced, plain-spoken, problem-solving leader. … We need a person who will not do the same old things.” A 15-year veteran of the Senate, the Hartsville attorney was the primary sponsor of a 2015 bill to require police to wear body cameras. Also considering a bid is Democratic Rep. James Smith, who this week launched a website “to gather support and input from South Carolinians as he considers a gubernatorial run.” — David Travis Bland 

Bull Street Openings Likely in Spring 

Following a meeting of the city’s Bull Street Commission on Sept. 18, there’s now a better idea of when some of the site’s announced projects will likely come to fruition. Downtown Church’s renovation of the Central Energy Facility at BullStreet is aiming to be completed by April 1, 2018, which is Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, the first phase of the 28 townhomes set to be constructed on the site could be ready by spring or early summer of 2018. A two-story townhome unit will cost about $300,000, while the three-story options will be between $400,000 and $425,000. Read more at — Chris Trainor

Sheriff Says Vista Shooting Involved Rival ‘Music Industry and Clubs’ Groups 

Four people were arrested after eight people were injured in a shooting in Columbia’s Vista nightlife district. Officers responded at about 2:10 a.m. Sept. 16 to the shooting outside the Empire Supper Club on Lady Street. Police have since shut the club down, claiming it is a public nuisance. Among those shot in the Vista incident was a woman from Kentucky who was in town to watch the Kentucky Wildcats play South Carolina in football. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the shooting was done by rival groups from Newberry County. “They are two groups that are not associated with traditional gangs,” Lott said, according to The State. “But they are rival groups that are related to the music industry and clubs that are engaged in violence.” The extent of the group’s involvement in the “music industry” or with “clubs” was not made clear. 

David Travis Bland

One Person Applies for SC State Board That Has 12 Openings

A single person has applied for one of 12 soon-to-be open seats on the South Carolina State University board of trustees. “That tells me people don’t want to get into this mud hole,” current board Chairman Charlie Way told Andy Shain at The Post and Courier. SC State fired its entire board about two years ago in the midst of dire financial trouble. The current board members, who were appointed by the Legislature, have terms that run through June 30. The current board could stay beyond June 30 since the law that put them in place says they “shall serve until a full new board of trustees is elected,” The Post and Courier notes. — Chris Trainor

Sea Turtle Nests Suffer Under Irma 

More than 5,000 sea turtle nests held eggs along the South Carolina Coast this year. Possibly one-third of those nest might not have hatched before Irma hit, according to an expert who spoke with The Post and Courier. “Those that didn’t wash away likely were subjected to tidal inundation and are no longer viable,” said Michelle Pate, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ sea turtle recovery coordinator. Sea turtles have gained a kind of celebrity status along the Palmetto State coast, with an army of nest watchers and protecters. All seven species that nest on the coast are listed as endangered or threatened. Many of the coastal nests hatched before Irma. “The losses likely won’t be a critical blow to the recovery of the species,” The Post and Courier asserted. Checks of the remaining nests are underway. — David Travis Bland 

Justice Alito Dedicates New USC Law School

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said Sept. 14 at the dedication of the University of South Carolina’s new $80 million School of Law building that free speech is an “indispensible component of our system of self-government” — and cited the case of an Asian-American rock group to make his point. In June, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld a federal court ruling that allowed the Portland, Oregon band, The Slants, to proceed with registration of their name as a federal trademark. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had earlier denied the band a trademark, deeming the name offensive. The Supreme Court ruled that the rejection violated the free speech rights of the band. “The Court was unanimous that the government could not deny trademark regulation or registration on the ground that the name of the band was offensive,” Alito said. “Every single member of the Court endorsed the proposition that speech cannot be regulated based on viewpoint expressed.” — Rodney Welch

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