Lexington County sheriffs say they still don’t know why a local man killed his five children, between the ages of one and eight, and then drove to Alabama to dump their bodies. State social services had been monitoring the family, but said at its most recent update, everything checked out and the case was closed. [The State]

After news about the killings came out yesterday, independent candidate for governor Tom Ervin called for DSS to be placed under an independent, non-political administrator. [P&C]

Charleston cops say the West Ashley man who killed one deputy through his body armor and wounded another shot through his front door using an automatic weapon similar to an AK-47. [P&C]

Colleagues of 1st District Solicitor David Pascoe, who handed down a 9-count indictment of the sitting Speaker of the House yesterday, say the prosecutor has a reputation as a savvy, experienced attorney. [CP, The State]

More than a decade after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., Mount Pleasant law firm Motley Rice is still pursuing a handful of terrorism financing cases it began after the 9/11 attacks. [P&C]

The S.C. Policy Council’s Nerve news blog says that if a College of Charleston proposal goes through to allow the school to become a research university, it could mean S.C. taxpayers will foot the bill for millions more in CofC funding. [The Nerve]

Meanwhile, the school is reportedly giving the P&C the runaround as it seeks information under state open information laws about the settlement reached between CofC and fired basketball coach Doug Wojcik, who the school owed $1.2 million when it terminated his contract for cause last month. [P&C]

To relieve some traffic headaches during the annual Memorial Day Bikefest in Myrtle Beach, local officials are proposing a 40-mile loop rather than the less coordinated cruising common during the bike weekend. [MB Sun News]

From the P&C opinion pages: “Speaker should step down”

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