Charleston’s Darius Rucker invited to join Grand Ole Opry
Country star Brad Paisley joined Hootie and the Blowfish frontman and solo country singer-songwriter Darius Rucker on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and surprised the singer with an invitation to make Rucker the third African-American country artist to join the prestigious ranks of the Opry.
Sources: Washington Post, YouTube
Related: Rucker to be ‘guest picker’ on ESPN College Gameday Saturday from the Horseshoe at USC

Beer Issue hits newsstands today
The 2012 Charleston City Paper Beer Issue hits racks today, so pick up a copy ASAP. We’ve got the “State of the Brewnion”, Beer for Wine Lovers, Pumpkin Flavored Beer, and “the Truth About Girly Beer”
Sources: Charleston City Paper

Thurmond takes District 41 runoff
Republican Paul Thurmond will take on Democrat Paul Tinkler after defeating Walter Hundley in the runoff for the special Republican primary to pick a candidate for the November election.
Sources: Post and Courier, AP, WCSC-TV

Do Harrell’s ethics troubles go deeper than reported?
FITSNews reported this morning that State House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston), who’s been wrapped up in ethics allegations since a Post and Courier investigation revealed he’d reimbursed himself more than $320,000 since 2008, may be in more trouble than previously thought over possible over-reimbursement of his travel costs.
Sources: FITSNews

Feds clear SC online voter registration proposal
A new system that will allow potential voters to register to vote online was cleared by federal officials, allowing for just a few days for voters to get signed up in time to vote in the general election.
Sources: Post and Courier, The State

Some low-income tech college students losing out on education lottery money
City Paper reporter Paul Bowers looks at an interesting issue facing some low-income South Carolina students looking to attend a two-year technical college program that may put them in a tight spot financially.
Sources: Charleston City Paper

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