The Gaffney Peachoid is getting a facelift over the next few weeks, and will remain covered by a curtain as crews work on the surface of the water tower, which made a cameo on House of Cards, season one. Source: WSPA-TV

On the front page Sunday, the Post and Courier took a look at South Carolina’s secretive car taxing program, based off of lists bought with public money that aren’t subject to state public records laws. Source: P&C, AP

State tourism directors are predicting another banner year for the $18 billion industry, the state’s biggest. Source: NYT/AP

Looks like Eleanor Kitzman, nominated to be the next director of DHEC, may face some opposition in confirmation hearings in the coming weeks. Kitzman previously served as insurance commissioner in S.C. and Texas, and is described as a longtime friend of Gov. Nikki Haley. Source: P&C, AP

Haley criticized a Statehouse vote last week to elect the spouse of one state politician as a judge, but The State reports she cast a similar vote in 2009 for a candidate for State Supreme Court. Asked about it on Thursday, Haley recalled that she did not vote for the candidate, and said, “Really? … I’m offended that you’re asking this.” The controversy over the election of judges this year has sparked many calls for reform of the process. Source: The State

Federal prosecutors are examining whether the former head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pressured airlines to maintain little-used service between Newark, New Jersey, and Columbia, near where the official maintained a home. United Airlines halted the service last April, three days after he resigned. Source: NYT

Despite major national campaign mega-groups able to dump money into political races, some self-funders, like South Carolina’s Tom Ervin, remain influential in the process by bankrolling their entire campaigns. Source: NYT/AP

Upscale home furnishing retailer West Elm is one of the first national stores to announce a location on Upper King St., set to open at 482-484 King St. Source: P&C

More information is becoming available about the apparent murder-suicide on campus at USC last Thursday. Source: The State

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