State House Speaker Jay Lucas and other House members ripped into the Senate roads bill passed this week over how it draws money from state coffers, calling it “deceptive” and “irresponsible.” Rather than implementing a gas tax to bankroll road improvements, Senate Republicans appropriated $400 million off the top of the state general fund, an allotment that some believe may not be a reliable source of funding. Source: P&C

The Charleston Regional Business Journal talked with some restaurant operators who participate in Charleston Restaurant Week and some who sit it out, saying that it’s not worth it. Source: CRBJ

Riverdogs season is less than a month away, and the R-Dogs have announced some major improvements to the Joe coming next year in the form of new club level seating above the bleachers along the first base line. Larger plans also call for a boardwalk encircling the outfield of the scenic Ashley River ballpark. Source: P&C

A 2,500-pound great white hooked off the coast of Hilton Head may be the biggest shark landed with a rod and reel. Source: P&C

You may soon be able to get inked in North Charleston. Source: AP

In an effort to deter would-be “johns,” state officials are debating adding those who are convicted of paying money for sex to the state sex offender registry. Source: P&C

Writing for the Statehouse Report, Andy Brack says that the Koch Brothers may be the funding source behind Gov. Nikki Haley’s PAC, formed to funnel money to sympathetic supporters’ campaigns. With as little as a $2 million “investment,” Brack says, the group could dramatically reshape the makeup of the Senate. Source: Statehouse Report

Rock Hill Herald editorial: “Legalize marijuana for medical purposes”

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