America went to bed and woke up this morning to more developments of another mass shooting yesterday, this one at a San Bernadino, CA social services center. The identities of two of the suspected shooters, killed in an exchange with police, have been released, but information about a motive and other factors remain unknown. Yesterday’s was the 351st mass shooting in the U.S. this year. Source: LA Times, Washington Post
Online donations during this year’s Giving Tuesday jumped by more than $10 million, up 52 percent to nearly $50 million. Daniel Island-based Blackbaud reportedly processed about 80 percent of the donations during the annual day of giving. Source, AP, P&C
Charleston County Schools will spend more than $80,000 to conduct an in-depth audit of its finances after the district unexpectedly ran up a $18 million deficit over the last fiscal year. Source: P&C
A state legislative committee investigating finances by Planned Parenthood and two other S.C. abortion clinics indicated this week that it found no evidence that taxpayer money was misused by the group. The panel also voted unanimously to end its inquiry. Source: SC Radio
Vice President Joe Biden will be in town tonight for a dinner at the Gaillard Center honoring Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who leaves office in January after 40 years. Source: Live 5
At a public hearing on Wednesday, cycling advocates turned out to urge the city to do what it takes to make the James Island Connector suitable for bike traffic. It’s estimated that it will cost about $3.6 million to retrofit the highway to be be safe for cyclists. Source: P&C
Attorney General Alan Wilson says his office won’t intervene in the fatal shooting case of Zach Hammond, the Seneca man shot and killed by police in July. State prosecutors have declined to bring criminal charges against the officer involved. Source: G’ville News
Wilson also weighed in on a Virginia case currently in the federal court of appeals, filing an amicus brief that urged the 4th Circuit against requiring schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Source: P&C
On Wednesday, the Washington Post looks at “A Grim Bargain,” skilled workers in the South returning to factory jobs with foreign-owned companies lured to the region by tax incentives and cheap American labor. Source: WaPo
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