William Leonard Dodson, the man arrested for allegedly taping a North Charleston dog’s mouth closed with electrical tape was given a $50,000 bond and ordered to surrender any other pets during a hearing today. Charleston Animal Society officials say the dog was badly hurt, but has been recovering. Source: P&C, ABC News 4

Just 13 months after taking over as the head of the state Department of Transportation, Janet Oakley resigned her post yesterday, giving no reason in a letter to Gov. Nikki Haley for leaving the $156,000 salaried state job. Source: AP, The State

Oakley leaves the agency as state lawmakers continue deliberations on how best to fix South Carolina roadways, with the latest proposal sending $150 million to counties for work on secondary state roads. Source: WSPA, Greenville News

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s announcement event yesterday featured the bachelor presidential candidate’s sister, Darline Graham Nordone. Nine years his junior, Nordone enthusiastically vouched for her brother during the event in their hometown of Central. Source: NYT, Yahoo

SCE&G is reportedly requesting another rate hike on S.C. customers, the company’s seventh such request since 2009 as it continues work on the $6.8 billion VC Summer nuclear project in Jenkinsville. Source: CRBJ, The State

After breaking his leg in a cycling accident in Switzerland over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry was airlifted back to the U.S. aboard a Charleston-based C-17 transport jet. Source: P&C

Charleston is getting some out-of-town ink from the folks in Houston, Texas, who describe Charleston as “a ciy forever trying to live up to its food,” and NY Mag lauds the city for its “innovative chefs and stylish inns for both sleeping and noshing.” Source: Houstonia, NY Mag

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