The family of late pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who would have turned 42 today, say they’ll launch a charity foundation in his honor that his wife Jennifer says will be used to continue “answering God’s call.” Source: Live 5

The September 1 primary to fill the seat left open by Pinckney’s murder at Mother Emanuel is the first step toward restoring a “crucial” voice in Columbia for some of the Lowcountry’s poorest residents. Source: Charleston Chronicle

The cost of living in Charleston is up, according to SmartAsset, but personal income is up more, enhancing buying power for local residents. Source: CRBJ, SmartAsset

The National Beer Wholesalers and the Beer Institute say that the beer industry in S.C. accounts for $380.2 million in wages in the state and has a $924 million impact on the economy. Source: The State

The city of Charleston is moving forward to implement proposals intended to help the city manage areas popular for late-night dining and entertainment. Source: P&C

Seven candidates for Charleston mayor sat on a stage at an LGBT forum hosted by the Alliance for Full Acceptance on Wednesday, discussing topics ranging from gay rights to Airbnb and transportation, with some candidates describing their personal and ideological evolution on issues. Source: P&C

S.C. road deaths are up 19 percent this year in S.C., according to the state Department of Public Safety. Source: WBTW-TV

The State Supreme Court says it won’t grant a State Ports Authority request to elevate a challenge of a permit for a $35 million cruise passenger terminal in Charleston originally filed by conservation and preservation groups that’s currently before the state Court of Appeals. Source: AP

Charleston Congressman Mark Sanford has lost his fourth chief of staff in 18 months this week, after it was announced that longtime ally Scott English was departing the office to head up the American Philatelic Society. (That’s stamp-collecting… don’t say I didn’t teach you anything.)

Also in Sanford world, NYT has a review of former Sanford speechwriter and City Paper contributor Barton Swaim’s new memoir, aptly titled “The Speechwriter,” in which Swaim recounts the experience of being in the former governor’s corner when he took his trip on the Appalachian Trail. Source: NYT

It’s almost August, which means a lot of student rentals in Charleston are getting new tenants this week. City Livability officers will be making the rounds during the move-in/out to make renters old and new aware of the best way to trash their old stuff. City officials are urging those moving to have their trash on the curb by 7 a.m. Saturday morning or after 6 p.m. on Sunday. Source: AP, City of Charleston

State Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler says he’ll introduce legislation for next year that makes sure those seeking permits to rally on the Statehouse grounds get clearance from law enforcement. SLED officials said they were not consulted before a state agency OK’d two permits for KKK and Black Panther group events on the same day earlier this month and that his officers were outnumbered on the day of the event. Source: AP, Twitter

Fox News is lowering the bar for its first debate on August 6, which had required candidates poll at least 1 percent on average among national polls. The relaxed requirements will allow candidates like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham to participate in the event. Source: NYT

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