Chief Carr – Former Charleston Fire Chief Thomas Carr passed away late last night (P&C). Carr took over the Charleston Fire Department in 2008 after the Sofa Super Store fire which killed nine city firefighters. He retired last year due to declining health.

Drought free – For the first time in over three years, the state is officially drought-free (AP) after generous winter rains, especially at higher elevations, across the state.

Texting while driving – The S.C. Senate says it will hold off (SC Radio Net) until next year before taking up a ban on texting while driving. We’re not sure, but we think they misunderstood AT&T’s whole It Can Wait” campaign.

Posterboard Pelosi – If you were living under a rock yesterday, you missed ex-Gov. Mark Sanford (Politico) debating a cardboard cutout of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in downtown Charleston. Sanford held the mock-debate (Beaufort Gazette) in protest of his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s refusal to debate him face-to-face. The candidates will meet in two debates early next week. And thanks to the interwebs, some enterprising Photoshoppers mocked the mock debate (CP).

Haley’s “Movement” – Pro-Nikki Haley 527 group The Movement Fund is readying a $130k ad buy (Politico) to air across South Carolina over the first 10 days in May.

NFL Draft – The NFL Draft is tonight, and Palmetto State products Marcus Lattimore, D.J. Swearinger, and DeAndre Hopkins are said to be the top prospects to be picked highest.

C-17s – The U.S. Air Force’s 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston is getting an additional C-17 Globemaster transport plane as part of its fleet. The massive four-engine jets are known to transport troops and cargo, up to 585,000 lbs, across the world, working heavily in forward areas of the Middle East and Afghanistan in recent years. Here’s a video of a nighttime humvee drop from a C-17:

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