Effects of the government shutdown continue to ripple throughout the state as the federal lawsuit over the proposed downtown cruise terminal is delayed and 1,400 Savannah River Site employees are furloughed, but some DoD employees are back at work today at Joint Base Charleston even as lawmakers aren’t exactly optimistic about government’s grand re-opening. [P&C, AP, The State]

Vendors are preparing for the 2013 South Carolina State Fair, which opens in Columbia on Wednesday. [WIS-TV]

Responding to Paul Bowers’ story last week, Democratic candidate for state superintendent, Upstate Rep. Mike Anthony called proposals from the state Dept. of Education to lift caps on student-teacher ratios “downright dangerous.” The Post and Courier and Associated Press also picked up the story over the weekend. [CP, P&C, AP]

State Senator-elect Marlon Kimpson will be sworn into office today. [P&C]

Work is expected to continue on the new King Street H&M location through November, but an opening date has yet to be announced. [P&C]

The Cigar Factory warehouse building on East Bay Street will soon be sold to a new owner, who says they now plan to turn it into mixed use commercial space rather than the original plans to build loft apartments. [P&C]

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust is continuing to raise money in an effort to buy property adjoining the Angel Oak to maintain buffer space around the massive tree as development marches closer. [NPR]

The State reports that cases of whooping cough have risen about six-fold between 1999 and 2012, according to state records. [The State]

The State’s Adam Beam continues his “State House for Sale” series, this week digging into the nuances and contradictions of the state ethics law and the regulatory framework within state government to deal with violations. [The State]

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