Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s South Carolina support is beginning to dwarf his closest rivals, according to a new CNN survey. Trump is polling at 36 percent, way ahead of Ben Carson at 18 percent, who is well-ahead of other contenders below 10 percent. Source: CNN, P&C

A new $6.7 million grant to Clemson’s Restoration Institute in North Charleston will go toward helping test and develop more efficient industrial motors. Source: CRBJ

After Midlands legislators, among the hardest hit by this months floods, tried to put together an emergency session to consider flood relief measures before the legislature reconvenes next year, the leaders of the House and the Senate say they don’t yet have enough info to recall lawmakers to Columbia to take action. Source: Florence Morning News, AP

A newly-retired Steve Spurrier, now with some extra time on his hands, called in to the Dan Patrick Show yesterday, and said he’ll appear on ESPN’s College GameDay this weekend. The crew will be broadcasting from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Spurrier says he’s never been. Source: The State, WaPo

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The State Fair opened yesterday, signaling a bit of a return to normalcy in Columbia amid epic flooding and football coach resignations. Source: The State

The judge overseeing Dylann Roof’s murder trial has lifted parts of the gag order on the release of information from law enforcement about the shooting that left nine people dead inside Mother Emanuel AME on June 17. Source: P&C

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