President Barack Obama discussed his proposals for executive action to strengthen gun safety laws to CNN on Thursday night for a live town hall-style forum moderated by Anderson Cooper, citing the Charleston church shootings as one instance where stronger gun laws may have made it more difficult to commit the murders. Source: CNN

After initially telling Charleston County seniors that they would not be exempt from exams this week under rules set out in a pilot program that expired last year and was incorrectly printed in student manuals again this year, Charleston school board leaders reversed course yesterday and voted to allow the provisions of the pilot program to stand for this semester. Source: P&C

Costa Pleicones was sworn in as the state’s new chief justice yesterday upon the retirement of Jean Toal. Source: The State

The Trumpster is in Rock Hill today as campaigning in early states heats up. Source: Rock Hill Herald

State House Speaker Jay Lucas says he’s hoping the House can take swift action to address school equity issues legislators have been told by the State Supreme Court to fix. Source: The State

As Gov. Nikki Haley says she’s crafting her own agenda as she puts together the official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Wall Street Journal rounds up what’s become of politicians who have delivered the alternate-party response to the president’s SOTU since 2001. Source: The State, WSJ

The chief challenge for local business officials ahead of the new legislative session, the Charleston-area Chamber of Commerce says, is cultivating talented workers for the large manufacturers that have landed in the Tricounty area in recent years. Source: P&C

PeopleMatter CEO Nate DaPore, a high-profile exec within the Charleston tech sector, announced yesterday that he will leave the company he founded seven years ago and focus on personal interest work, including writing a book and supporting local tech companies. Source: CRBJ, P&C

The University of South Carolina is banning hoverboards in their dormitories. Source: AP

A visible show of support by North Charleston officers of their former colleague Michael Slager, who will soon stand trial for murder, during his bond hearing this week is reportedly creating an uneasy tension between police and the community. Source: P&C

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