The P&C reports that despite senior staff shakeups at the state Dept. of Social Services after well-publicized shortfalls in looking after children in their care, the “toxic environment” at the state agency has not improved. [P&C]

Columbia’s State Museum unveils a $25 million renovation this week, bankrolled by a NASA grant and donations from a local lottery winner. New features includes a new planetarium, observatory, and a 4D theater. [The State]

Fran Person, who served as a personal aide to Vice President Joe Biden from 2006 until last week, returns home to South Carolina this week to begin work with USC senior officials. [The State]

Increasing demand, along with higher-paying jobs moving into the area means that low-cost rentals are becoming harder to find in the Charleston area. [P&C]

Columbia attorney William Hubbard will be sworn in today as president of the American Bar Association, a distinction that Chief Justice Jean Toal called “the pinnacle” of achievement for American lawyers. [The State]


P&C sportswriter Andrew Miller talks with former Duke standout, ESPN commentator, and attorney Jay Bilas to get his take on the situation College of Charleston faces if its former head basketball coach Doug Wojcik, dismissed last week “for just cause”, files a wrongful termination suit, triggering a protracted and expensive legal battle for the school. [P&C]

Heavy flooding across the state over the weekend triggered deadly flooding in the Upstate that claimed the life of one Greenville woman and has crews combing the area for another missing man. [Greenville News]

From The State opinion pages: Columnist Cindi Scoppe says, looking back on 1990’s Operation Lost Trust, the Statehouse debate and the general feeling now is similar to the time before corruption dragnet that caught 28 lawmakers. [The State]

PSA: The Washington Post has a breakdown of which Major League ballparks have the best selection of beers based on the availability of quality, locally-produced brews. The highest-Beer Advocate-rated beer available at Turner Field is Sweetwater IPA (89), while at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, where more than 50 beers are on tap, has top-rated beers all earning above 90 points on BA. [WaPo]

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