SC DHEC Director Catherine Heigel told the governor today that she would be leaving the agency to become an executive at Elliott Davis accounting firm in Greenville. Source: P&C

Heigel, who heads the state’s public health agency says that changes to state prescription laws could help combat opioid abuse. Source: SC Radio

Mikee Johnson, a former state Chamber of Commerce leader and ‘lumber magnate,’ is bankrolling the campaign of Catherine Templeton, the former agency head challenging Gov. Henry McMaster in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary. He’s so far sent $57,800 to Templeton through family members and more than a dozen business accounts. Source: The State

The Port of Charleston set an annual cargo record during its fiscal year, moving 1.21 million containers through the port over the calendar year that ended June 30. Source: P&C

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists nonprofit says that in just 18 years, rising sea levels will cause disruptive flooding in about 170 coastal communities, including Edisto and Kiawah Islands. Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, P&C

Republicans and Democrats in Washington are gearing up for the next fight over health care reform proposals unveiled today by Senate Republicans. President Donald Trump says he will be very angry” if reform isn’t passed. Source: NPR, NYT, WaPo

Environmental advocate Erin Brockovich says that she wants more answers about alleged municipal water contamination causing inordinate numbers of cancer cases in Mount Pleasant, allegations that state and local officials have denied. If there were a ‘cancer cluster’ in the area caused by pesticides, it would be hard to prove, experts say. Source: P&C

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