— The state’s law enforcement leaders told senators Thursday that they do not like the idea of arming teachers. But SLED Chief Mark Keel emphatically supported the idea of using police officers in elementary schools. Keel, speaking before the Senate Education Committee, said he would prefer armed school resource officers to be stationed at each school. Meanwhile, Education Superintendent Mick Zais said he would defer to local districts, but added that any civilian would have to be “highly vetted” before they could carry a weapon on-campus.
— The state Department of Health and Environmental Control will not reconsider a permit that would give the environmental OK for a proposed cruise ship terminal in Charleston. The DHEC board said Thursday it would not review the permit given to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for pilings needed on the riverfront terminal. Several preservationist groups are trying to block the terminal.
— Meanwhile, Gov. Nikki Haley has filled the final open spot on the DHEC board, The State newspaper reports. The appointment of Anderson engineer Charles Joye II was announced at Thursday’s board meeting. Joye is a civil engineer and chief executive at Design South Professionals, Inc. He must first be approved by the state Senate before he can take his seat on the board.
—As for Haley herself, she spent Thursday morning saying goodbye to her husband before he deployed to Afghanistan. Michael Haley’s unit departed the McCrady Training Center in Eastover, to head to Indiana for a month’s training before going overseas. Mr. Haley is a captain in the Army National Guard, but on this 12-month deployment he will be working with Afghan officials to train farmers on more sustainable techniques.
— The deputy director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue admitted his agency did not do enough when it first learned about infected computers (which would eventually prove to be the gateway used by a hacker who compromised 3.6 million taxpayers’ data). The Associated Press reports Harry Cooper told a House panel the agency found out about 22 infected computers and used software to “clean” the machines. However, Cooper said that response “clearly” wasn’t adequate.