State DSS Director Lillian Koller continued her testimony before a Senate committee yesterday over the ongoing inquiry into the handling of at-risk children under the agency’s supervision, admitting that the agency is doing what it can to reduce its caseworkers’ workload. [The State, WIS]

The so-called “Stone Bill” is sitting in conference committee, with brewers and wholesalers trading compromises in hopes to make way for a major national brewery to settle in S.C., and supporters are still optimistic that the fast-tracked bill will be passed this session. [G’ville News]

The State Supreme Court has stayed a circuit court’s ruling ordering Attorney General Alan Wilson to disband a state grand jury investigating alleged ethics violations by Speaker Bobby Harrell as Wilson continues to appeal the case to the state’s high court. [The State]

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is calling for a congressional investigation into the federal Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ handling of veterans’ medical care. [G’vill News]

The four Democrats facing off to be the nominee for state superintendent will debate each other tonight at 7 p.m. on ETV. [AP]

Energy reform supporters are calling a unanimous vote to pass a bill that would reform the way the state regulates solar energy production an historic event. [The State]

Critics of a USC Upstate’s decision to close its gender studies center protested yesterday, but officials insist the center was closed for budgetary reasons, not politics. [G’ville News, Spartanburg Herald Journal]

Despite higher gas prices over last year, nearly a half-million motoristswill hit the road this weekend for the Memorial Day holiday. [G’ville News]

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