S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas says the state is risking its status as a viable place to do business by not taking action to improve state roadways. Source: Greenville News

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he will issue an executive order tightening federal background checks on purchases at gun shows, online, and elsewhere; allowing mental health records to be used within the background check system, and strengthening rules for reporting lost and stolen guns. Source: NYT, Vox

The widow of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine shot and killed in the basement of Emanuel AME Church in June, will join the president today in Washington for a news conference on the announcement. Source: The State

In Beaufort County, gun dealers say they’re experiencing high sales in anticipation of Obama’s executive order. Source: Beaufort Gazette

Public meetings will be held this week in Charleston, Murrells Inlet, and North Myrtle Beach on offshore wind energy development off the S.C. coast. More info from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Source: AP, BOEM

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who will leave office in less than a week, will deliver a farewell address at 7 p.m. tonight, which will be carried on local broadcast and online. Source: AP

Meanwhile, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will be sworn in for his sixth term tonight, along with city council members. Source: AP

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