Columbia (WACH) -- Here are the Top 5 Things You Need to Know today:
5. Senator Vincent Sheheen released new details for improving South Carolina schools. The Democratic Gubernatorial candidate wants to expand access to 4 year old kindergarten, increase teacher salaries, and reduce class size. Sheheen says increasing teacher salaries will help attract quality teachers. He realizes those ideas would need to be phased in over several years.
4. SLED is seeking permission to buy a new helicopter this morning. The two passenger copter would assist state and local investigations. The agency received $3.5 Million from the joint bond review committee to spend the cash. They want to use money confiscated during investigations and fees collected for searches. The agency considers the helicopter a budget priority.
3. The police chief of Anderson County has resigned. Police Chief Tommy Miller submitted his resignation after being charged with criminal domestic violence. Warrants accuse the 39-year-old of striking his 14-year-old son with a piece of wood. He then attempted to harm his wife by grabbing and throwing her.Captain Jason Hawkins is serving the interim police chief.
2. A second American suffering from the Ebola virus is expected to arrive in the states this morning. Nancy Writebol is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta from Lliberia, where she contracted the virus. Writebol is traveling aboard an air ambulance equipped with an isolation unit. Once she lands at Dobbins Air Reserve Base she will then be rushed to Atlanta's Emory university hospital.
1. New details this morning in the battle for Iraq: After fending of an attack from ISIS, Kurdish forces in Iraq remain in control of the nationâ??s largest hydroelectric dam. Earlier reports said fighters with the Islamic state had overrun the facility.They were pushed back after gaining access to a housing compound for employees of the dam.