Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (Illinois) was caught on a hot mic calling his colleague U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham a “bro with no ho” after Graham, who is not married, joked earlier this week that he’d have a “rotating first lady” if elected president. Kirk told reporters Thursday that he regretted the remark. Source: Huffington Post

Hear Kirk’s remark around the 26-second mark:

DHEC directors say they won’t reverse an agency decision clearing a federal directive approving offshore seismic testing. From the P&C Editorial page: “Outrageously dismissive DHEC” Source: The State, P&C

DHEC leaders did, however, backtrack a bit on a staff-approved permit of a modified building plan on the southern end of Kiawah Island known as Captain Sam’s Spit. Conservationists say they’ll continue to appeal permits if they’re approved for construction on the barrier island. Source: P&C

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard honored Feidin Santana for a Statehouse resolution recognizing his role in the Walter Scott case. Santana was filming the struggle and eventual shooting of Walter Scott as he walked to work in North Charleston. Source: P&C

Charleston County elected officials could be getting raises at the recommendation of an outside consultant. The double-digit increases were OK’d by the County Council Finance Committee yesterday for county auditor, clerk of court, coroner, treasurer, and RMC. Source: P&C

Triggered by two alligator carcasses found floating in a local river, DNR is reportedly considering rules that would govern disposal of legally-obtained wild game after they’ve been processed. Source: P&C

South Carolina State University will remain open next year after accreditors decided to extend its probation another year as the school works toward returning to solvency. School officials took an optimistic tone on Thursday: “South Carolina State University is open for business.” Source: The State, Times and Democrat

A nitrogen gas line rupture on Thursday left a small crater on the Boeing North Charleston campus. Source: P&C

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