It takes 396 hours of training before police officers in South Carolina can work their beats, but that's nothing compared to what the state required for stylists looking to shampoo hair. Gov. Mark Sanford (R) this week repealed a law that demanded 1,500 hours of education before Palmetto State beauticians had the authority to lather and rinse customers' heads, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports. "This is the kind of thing that deserves to be on Comedy Central," the governor said, scrubbing the old law.
State health and wildlife officials are warning frog-loving Floridians not to consume more than eight ounces of frog legs each month if the amphibians come from a certain part of the Everglades , The Miami Herald notes. That's because the creatures could be contaminated with potentially unhealthy levels of mercury. Not to worry too much, though: Frogs from other state-regulated parts of the Everglades are less dangerous and diners are free to eat two eight-ounce portions each week. So hop to it, foodies.
A graphic design artist who entered a competition to design a new Kansas license plate thought for a moment he had won - because the state Department of Revenue told him so, according to The Wichita Eagle . But it was all a cruel mistake for Bill Weaver, who was so excited about his prospects of winning that he planned to purchase a new personalized plate reading "MYDZN." After placing a congratulatory phone call to Weaver - the third-place finisher after public voting - the Department of Revenue also erroneously listed him on its Web site as the champion. "Does it scare you the people who control this Web site also control our money?" Weaver said.
Utah 's lieutenant governor is doing damage control after his chief of staff announced on his Facebook page that the state's No. 2 would be running for U.S. Senate in 2010 - and potentially taking on longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett (R), The Salt Lake Tribune says. "I have absolutely zero, less than zero, interest of running for Senate, certainly against my good friend Robert Bennett," Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) protested, noting that he would promptly be discussing the online rumor with the aide who posted it.