The Dewberry, a luxury hotel in the old federal building on Marion Square, will open additional rooms later this month after receiving a temporary certificate of occupancy. Source: P&C

Hearing another request from prosecutors to reschedule accused Emanuel gunman Dylann Roof’s state trial, Judge J.C. Nicholson said yesterday that “the horse was out of the barn” and that it was too late to shuffle the schedule now. Instead, the judge bumped the state trial later, so that jury selection won’t start until January, after the holidays. Source: P&C

In other state prosecutor squabbles: The State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Solicitor David Pascoe in his dispute with Attorney General Alan Wilson over who has power over a state ethics inquiry into members of the state legislature. Source: P&C

In an emotional speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday, Tim Scott recounted “sadness and humiliation” over being targeted by police. Scott is one of two black members of the U.S. Senate (U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is the other.) Source: P&C

Scott’s colleague, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he still has no plans to attend the Republican Convention in Cleveland next week where Donald Trump will officially be nominated to represent the party on the November presidential ticket. Source: AP

An incumbent GOP senator’s primary defeat in Greenville could be good news for the state’s beer industry, eliminating state Sen. Mike Fair’s reliable “No” vote on alcohol-related legislation. Source: G’ville News

A new report this week shows that thousands of convicted domestic abusers and those with orders of protection against them have been allowed to purchase guns because of the so-called “Charleston loophole.” Nearly 100,000 people that fall into that camp have tried to buy guns since 2006, and almost 6,800 were allowed to purchase them because federal background checks weren’t completed within three days. Source: P&C

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