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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 6:00 AM

WINTER WEATHER-SC

Weather better in SC; Ravenel Bridge reopens

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Ravenel Bridge in Charleston has reopened after being closed more than 43 hours for ice.

Mount Pleasant police reported the barricades were removed from the bridge a little after 3 p.m. Thursday. It was the last major road to reopen after Tuesday's coastal ice storm.

The eight-lane, two-mile bridge closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The closing left just the Interstate 526 bridge open during Thursday morning's rush hour from Charleston to Mount Pleasant. It took drivers an hour to make it 12 miles on I-526 from Mount Pleasant to Interstate 26.

All ice problems may not be over through. A freezing rain advisory was issued for Charleston as light rain and drizzle moved through Thursday afternoon.

BRIDGE WALKWAY

Walkway to Sullivans Island being improved

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Work is starting on a project to improve the path along the highway linking Sullivans Island and the South Carolina mainland.

Officials from Sullivans Island, Mount Pleasant and Charleston County gather on Friday to mark the start of the work on a new mile-and-a-half pathway along S.C. 703 linking Mount Pleasant and Sullivans Island.

The work consists of building a new 8-foot-wide path providing space for both walkers and those riding bicycles. The existing path is only 4 feet wide.

Construction is expected to be completed in May.

SPOLETO AUCTION

Panthers tix, Italian trip for bid at Spoleto

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A trip to Italy, a suite for a Carolina Panthers game and a private concert are among the items up for bid at the annual Spoleto Festival USA auction.

The auction for the 38th festival is being held Friday evening at the Memminger Auditorium, one of the festival's Charleston venues.

The auction features a performance by the Charleston Latin-Jazz Collective and jazz percussionist Gino Castillo. In addition to a live auction, the internationally known arts festival is holding an online auction through Feb. 9.

The auction proceeds support the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

This year's Spoleto Festival USA takes place from May 23 through June 8.

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Online:

Spoleto Festival USA: www.spoletousa.org

SOCIAL MEDIA-LAW

Charleston conference discusses social media, law

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The role of social media involving law is the focus of a wide-ranging conference scheduled for Charleston.

On Friday, a daylong symposium called "Social Media and the Law" is slated for the Charleston Music Hall.

The event is being hosted by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman University.

Organizers say 19 panelists and moderators will discuss the impacts of social media on employment law, privacy and legal ethics.

Ryan Garcia, legal director at Dell, Inc., is scheduled to give a keynote address. The adjunct law professor at the University of Texas was previously a multimedia programmer and video game developer.

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Online:

http://www.charlestonlaw.edu/Symposium.aspx

SHERIFF-CHASE

Spartanburg County sheriff joins chase for suspect

(Information in the following story is from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/ )

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright helped his deputies chase down an armed robbery suspect.

The sheriff says Christopher Webb sped through stop signs and red lights Wednesday in a chase through Spartanburg neighborhoods that reached up to 100 mph. Wright says Webb tried to ram the sheriff's car.

Deputies say Webb was able to get away from officers during the chase, but was arrested at a motel several hours later.

Investigators say Webb has been charged with robbery and the investigation is continuing.

Wright told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that officers could have been justified shooting Webb during the chase because he was putting lives at risk and he should be thankful they were professional.

Webb remains in jail. It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

MARSH TACKY

No sponsor, but marsh tacky race set for March 29

(Information in the following story is from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com )

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — There's no sponsor for this year's marsh tacky horse race, but the organizer says the race will be run March 29 on Daufuskie Island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported Thursday the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association says it wants to bring the event back to Hilton Head Island with a new sponsor in 2015.

The marsh tacky horses are slightly smaller than standard horses and descended from Spanish horses brought to the region in the 1500s.

Association secretary Jackie McFadden says the 400-yard course is to be on the beach between Bloody Point and Melrose.

Previous races were held on neighboring Hilton Head. The race moved last year after two sponsors pulled out late in 2012.

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