If Haley taps Scott, expect wide-open race to fill seat
Should Gov. Nikki Haley tap freshman U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to succeed Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate when he leaves in January, you can expect candidates from both parties to line up to replace him.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Expect S.C. ‘donnybrook’ in 2014 senate elections (USA Today)
Could stars align and send Sanfords to Washington at the same time? (The State)

3 of 4 think state was ill-prepared for hacking incident
Questions asked for The State in the new Wintrhop University poll show that 75% of those questioned agree that the state could have done more to prevent the September hacking scandal.
Sources: The State

Spoleto Festival USA schedule unveiled
Spoleto officials opted to release the 2013 schedule of events a month early to allow prospective attendees as much time as needed coordinate their schedules to attend the festival, which orgnaizers say is much larger than in recent years.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Washington Post/AP

Charleston apartment market heating up
From James Island to North Charleston to Mount Pleasant, more than 6,200 apartments are either in development or proposed across the area.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Nearly 1,500 new hotel beds planned for downtown

800 black bears roaming Lowcountry
Though the state’s bear hunting season is underway, with more than 800 black bears are estimated to be living in the Lowcountry alone, the season, limited to 30 hunters annually, will do little to manage the bear population, which thrives off of a nearly unlimited food supply.
Sources: Post and Courier

State’s roads need $30 billion to be brought up to date
Transportation officials say that if S.C. doesn’t raise $30 billion over the next 20 years to address the state’s roads, congestion and restrictions will lead to irreparable economic damage.
Sources: Post and Courier

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