April 17, 2014

Sen. Tim Scott to question HHS nominee Burwell

Sen. Tim Scott (File)

Sen. Tim Scott (File)

Senator Tim Scott’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold confirmation hearings on Sylvia Burwell, the nominee to replace former federal Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius stepped down suddenly last week.

The South Carolina Republican voted for Burwell when she was named to head the U.S. Office of Management and budget, but he told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, “No doubt she was a good choice for OBM, but that doesn’t make her a good choice for HHS.”

This time’s vetting of Burwell will include scrutiny of the program she’ll be taking on:

“But the questions that we have to get to, however, is whether or not Director Burwell will be serving for the president of the United States with his agenda as the primary objective or will she get into the details of the numbers and she’s obviously strong on the numbers and figure out whether 7 million people actually signed up and paid, or whether it’s other independent sources suggest, that we’ve had fewer than 5 million sign up and pay, as well as looking at the fact that when you have 6 million cancellations and 7 million signed up by the president’s suggestion, that what is the actual number of those who have signed up and paid?

“So, we’re going to have an opportunity to discuss with Director Burwell her approach to making sure that American people are the primary objective and not politics.” Scott said.”


Starting today, DMV makes it easier for ex-military to get CDVs

South Carolina is making it easier for military personnel to get a commercial vehicle license once they transition into civilian life.  State Department of Motor Vehicles director Kevin Shwedo said that, beginning today, military personnel who had operated certain heavy vehicles while in uniform will be able to exempt a skills test for a CDV. They would still have to pass a knowledge test and other federal regulations, he said.

Drivers whose licenses were suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified during the past two years are not eligible.

South Carolina’s Adjutant General Robert Livingston praised the move, saying it was part of a coordinated effort by state government to be more military-friendly.


Monday’s weather

Partly cloudy on Monday in South Carolina with chances for rain later in the day, highs from the mid 70s in the Upstate to the lower 80s in the Lowcountry.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight, lows in the lower to mid 60s.


Weekend weather

Sunny and very nice on Friday in South Carolina with highs a few degrees either side of 80.

Mainly clear overnight with lows bottoming off in the mid to upper 50s.

Both Saturday and Sunday will feature plenty of sunshine with highs mainly in the lower 80s.

Springdale police: There was no police impersonator-rapist

Police in the town of Springdale say the “victim” made up a story that she had been raped by a man in police garb who used a blue light on his dashboard to pull her over.

Investigators say she contrived the description that was used in this sketch:sketch

Read more on the case

The woman’s claim in October 2013 led to months of investigation and unease for residents in the Lexington County town near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Police Chief Kevin Cornett announced the turn in the case in a press conference Thursday.  He said officers were not able to find any evidence in the case.

Cornett said his investigators confronted the woman Thursday morning with their conclusion. He said she did not deny it but walked out of the interview, refusing to talk any more.

“We wanted to let the community know because they are the ones who lived in fear… this was the number one question at community meetings, the number one reason why we had an increase in questions on concealed weapons permits. We wanted to give the community some type of closure,” he told South Carolina Radio Network.

How his department will handle the case from here depends on the woman who made the claim, Cornett said.

“We’d love to know a motive,” Cornett said,”Before we put anybody in jail, we want to make sure we are helping them if they need help.”