3 things to know as you head out the door

3 things to know as you head out the door

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Good morning, WIS friends! Here are your three things to know as you head out the door Tuesday:

1.) Heading to Court:  Four of the five people involved in a kickback and corruption scheme at SC State University are scheduled to face a judge today in Charleston.  They be sentenced for their admitted involvement in schemes surrounding former board chairman Jonathan Pinson.  Pinson was sentenced to five years in prison in May.

2.) Opening Statements:  Opening statements begin today in the case of a man accused of defiling Howard's Rock at Clemson's Memorial Stadium.  Micah Rogers faces up to 20 years in prison for the 2013 vandalism case if convicted on all charges.  Five men and seven women were selected as jury members.  During jury selection, potential jurors were asked if they were Clemson fans, if they had ever touched the rock or had their picture taken with it.  Rogers is reportedly allowed to remain out on bond during his trial.

3.) Is Gun Ban Illegal? Tonight, Columbia City Council is expected to reconsider a temporary ban on carrying weapons on or near State House grounds.  The council passed the ordinance on July 9th ahead of this past weekend's rallies.  The ordinance bans weapons within a 250-foot zone around the State House for 30 days.  The city says it was enacted because of a credible threat of gun violence within that time frame.  But Attorney General Alan Wilson declared the ordinance unconstitutional, saying that it violates South Carolina law as well as the Second Amendment.  Wilson says the law makes illegal a practice which is lawful in the state.

As for your forecast, today will be a repeat of yesterday with the exception of a few more showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.  The expected high is 101 degrees.

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