Palmetto Sunrise: Charleston chooses a new mayor

Mayoral candidates John Tecklenburg and Leon Stavrinakis talk after a live debate on air during the WTMA morning show with Charlie James Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in North Charleston . Paul Zoeller/Staff

State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis and businessman John Tecklenburg will face off today in a runoff election for Charleston mayor after both finished on top of the city’s six-way race two weeks ago.

Charleston voters also will pick two City Council mayors and Mount Pleasant voters will choose two Town Council members in runoff races.

This is the first time Charleston is electing a new mayor in 40 years after Mayor Joe Riley decided not to run for reelection -- and not to endorse his successor.

In Columbia, the House Ways and Means Committee Legislative, Executive and Local Government Subcommittee will meet with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Department of Administration and the Office on Aging to discuss flood recovery and assessment.

The Judicial Merit Selection Committee will reconvene Tuesday morning to interview candidates for a Circuit Court seat after a 12-hour day on Monday where they selected three finalists for the state Supreme Court.

The General Assembly will vote between Administrative Law Court Judge Ralph Anderson King III, Court of Appeals Chief Judge John C. Few and Court of Appeals Judge H. Bruce Williams in February to join the state’s highest court.

The commission will meet all week to select finalists for family court, master in equity and other positions.

Headlines making news this morning:

Haley: Refugees welcome in South Carolina — if they aren’t Syrian (The Post and Courier)

Experts say states lack legal authority to block refugees (The Associated Press)

Video: University of South Carolina students stage protest over lack of diversity (The Post and Courier)

Police: Rock Hill boy, 3, killed by self-inflicted gunshot wound (The Herald of Rock Hill)

South Carolina, Georgia ink new deal for Savannah River port project (The Post and Courier)

French flag to fly over downtown Greenville (The Greenville News)

Commission narrows field to three judges vying for spot on state Supreme Court (The Post and Courier)

Officials ID woman who washed ashore in Myrtle Beach in May 2013 (The Sun News)

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Gov. Nikki Haley forms committee to help neediest flood victims (The Post and Courier)

Presidential race 2016:

Ted Cruz questions allowing Syrian refugees a path to the U.S. in College of Charleston speech (The Post and Courier) O’Malley Becomes First Candidate to File in South Carolina (WCBD News 2)

Paris attacks become focus of 2016 race (CNN)

Hillary can’t escape Obama on ISIS (FOX News)

O’Malley Campaign Reduces HQ Staff (NBC News)

Reach Maya T. Prabhu at (843) 509-8933.

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