The state attorney general and law enforcement agencies are seeking to throw out a lawsuit brought by local students and the nonprofit Girls Rock that asserts the state's 'disturbing schools' statute is unconstitutional. The ACLU is supporting the litigation and the federal Department of Justice says they're watching its progress. Source: P&C
$1.3 million: The amount the state correctional agency will spend to help detect illegal cell phones inside state prisons. Source: P&C
P&C scoop yesterday: During the Michael Slager hearing, the jury foreman had a North Charleston breach of trust charge dropped by the local solicitor's office, which was also prosecuting Slager.
The South Carolina Senate swore in four women as members on Tuesday, the most the General Assembly's upper chamber has ever had. Charleston-area state Sen. Margie Bright-Matthews, who replaced slain Rev. Sen. Clementa Pinckney, is one of those members. Source: The State
Gov. Nikki Haley is not expected to see much opposition to her appointment to the United Nations, but she was in D.C. nonetheless yesterday in an effort to secure support. Source: P&C
The director of the National Park Service will visit the historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island next week as Congressman Jim Clyburn works to have the site declared a national monument before President Barack Obama leaves office. Source: P&C
Construction business is buoying coastal economies these days, economists say. Source: P&C
The 'Today' show caught flak yesterday for using a file image from Baltimore protests over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The show issued an on-air apology this morning and spoke in-studio with the Michael Slager jury foreman about the deliberations, which he said had ruled out a murder conviction and weighed instead the manslaughter charge. Source: P&C, TODAY
During the first day of testimony yesterday, Dylann Roof's mother reportedly suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the courtroom. Source: The State
Gov. Nikki Haley is in Washington today talking to lawmakers who will vote on her confirmation to be U.N. ambassador, but she will likely face little opposition. Source: The State/McClatchy
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Congressional Democrats are both pushing efforts to probe the involvement of the Russian government in this year's election. Graham says he does believe Russia interfered in the election, and says "I want Putin personally to pay a price." Source: CNN
Wall Street Journal: "How Donald Trump’s Web of LLCs Obscures His Business Interests"