Palmetto Sunrise: DSS nominee passes one test, faces another today

Gov. Nikki Haley’s pick to lead South Carolina’s embattled Department of Social Services passed an important first test Tuesday, and she faces another today, Cynthia Roldan of The Post and Courier reports.

Susan Alford on Tuesday received the unanimous recommendation of a state Senate panel set up to screen candidates for the job. This morning, she will testify before the Senate General Committee, and if approved there, the full Senate will make its decision.

Alford’s nomination had angered some senators, who wanted to be involved in Haley’s selection process.

If nominated, Alford will head an agency tasked with protecting the state’s children, elderly and disabled that has been mired in controversy and overwhelming caseloads. Its previous director, Lillian Koller, resigned in July as the Senate investigated its shortage of caseworkers and what led to the death of dozens of children they were monitoring.

In other news...

A judge ruled that Bishop Mark Lawrence and the churches that followed him had the right to split from the Episcopal Church. (The Post and Courier)

The state Department of Employment and Workforce wants $15 million for job training. (AP)

A Senate panel will wait a week before deciding on keeping the Revenue Department’s interim director in his post. (The State

A court fight over James Brown’s estate and press freedoms in South Carolina is featured in today’s New York Times.

After it was left out of President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice says the Georgetown port will get money for dredging after all. (AP)

Break a car window to save a child trapped inside? You’d be protected from lawsuits under a new House proposal. (The State)