South Carolina and Charleston’s automotive industry may be getting a boost on Friday with the expected announcement that Daimler will locate a new assembly facility for its Mercedes Sprinter vans at an undeveloped site in North Charleston that city council discussed as ‘Project Unicorn’ last week. WCSC-TV reports that state Rep. Chip Limehouse has confirmed the plans, but the P&C says Limehouse stopped short of a full confirmation. Source: P&C, CRBJ, Live 5

While both chambers stall on real progress discussing a way to restabilize the state’s ability to maintain its roadways, state senators, including Larry Grooms and Paul Thurmond, are trying to first stop in New Hampshire next week. Greenville’s Peace Center will host at least six GOP presidential hopefuls on May 9 at its third annual Freedom Summit. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Source: The State, Greenville News, Live 5 News

Yesterday, Hanna Raskin over at the P&C published her latest in a series of investigative stories looking at potential labor law violations in Charleston restaurants. The latest names California Dreamin, Joe Pasta, and Market Street Saloon as racking up 112 violations, with more than a $150,000 fine being handed to Market Street Saloon alone. Edmund’s Oast was also named for one violation of $32.74. For more info, including reaction from attorneys, check out Hanna’s story. Source: P&C

Someone who knows what they’re doing has apparently been breaking into chicken farms across S.C. over the past few weeks and tampering with climate control systems, killing at least 300,000 chickens valued at $1.7 million. Source: The State

The City of Charleston is reportedly eyeing the lot currently occupied by U-Haul as a public square for the upper end of King Street that will be bookended by massive new developments on all sides in the years to come. Source: P&C

From the P&C: “Stop stalling on real ethics reform” Source: P&C

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