Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is challenging the local community to raise $100,000 through locally-based Water Missions International for humanitarian aide in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. [P&C]

Yesterday on CNN, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the state’s junior senator, nervously dodged a question about whether he would endorse his colleague, Lindsey Graham, in next year’s GOP primary, where he’s being challenged by candidates from the conservative wing of the party. For more on the race, read Corey Hutchins’ report this week. [CNN]

The office of the S.C. Secretary of State has released its annual “Scrooges and Angels” list of non-profit organizations that use the highest percentage of funds for charitable purposes. [AP]

A day after state Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell was said to be weighing re-election and concentrating his efforts on being appointed president of his alma mater, the College of Charleston, the LG is back on the road in his official capacity today, discussing how Medicaid can endanger the state’s seniors. [Aiken Standard]

Clemson is set to dedicate its $110 million Energy Systems Innovation Center tomorrow on the old Charleston Naval Yard. [AP]

Just in time for the holidays, the U.S. Dept of Energy says it will take delivery of highly enriched uranium from Canada at the Savannah River Site, news that has S.C. conservationists on watch. The shipment, arriving overland via armed convoy with a one-way ticket from America’s Hat, will be in liquid form, the first time high-level nuclear waste has been transported in North America, one watchdog official says. [Free Times]

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