State lawmakers have underfunded public education by about $4 billion since 2010 by slashing legally-mandated per-student spending year after year, reports Andy Brack for the Statehouse Report. Source: Statehouse Report

DHEC is pushing for new state regulations for earthen dams after 18 inches of rain caused some to fail during last fall’s torrential rains, but some state lawmakers say the fact that nothing major happened during Hermine last week, which dropped six inches of rain, shows that reforms may not be needed. Source: The State, AP

The federal government’s controversial MOX plant at the Savannah River Site is now said to be $12 billion over budget. Source: The State

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis sat before the state Ethics Commission yesterday for seven hours over a complaint that alleged Loftis helped a lawyer friend get hired to represent his office. No immediate action was taken. Source: P&C

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Donald Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin: “the biggest miscalculation since people thought Hitler was a good guy.” Source: P&C

CARTA is getting $6 million from the federal government to purchase 16 new commuter buses. Source: P&C

Boosted by Boeing, Charleston metro exports topped a record $6.5 billion in 2015, a 10 percent increase over 2014. Source: P&C

Amateur shrimpers toss their first cast nets of the fall shrimp season into coastal S.C. waters today. Source: P&C

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