[image-1]A $500,000 incentive from the City of North Charleston has not lured any major grocery stores to a vacant field next to the abandoned hospital in a USDA-classified ‘food desert.’ A city spokesman calls it a “chicken or the egg” problem. Source: P&C

Forest Lake Club, the all-white country club in Columbia where Gov. Henry McMaster is a member, has admitted its first black member, Ashleigh Wilson, a 31-year old lawyer from who sits on the State Ethics Commission and formerly worked for Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson. Source: P&C

In other Wilson news, he has accused SLED Chief Mark Keel of making misleading statements to a state grand jury about an ongoing Statehouse corruption probe. Keel says he stands by the statements. Source: P&C

President Donald Trump will address the nation at 9pm tonight to discuss his strategy on the nation’s long-running conflict in Afghanistan. Source: CNN

Republican primary candidate for governor Catherine Templeton has hired a national GOP consultant to head up her effort to unseat McMaster. Source: AP

After the failure of the VC Summer plant in Jenkinsville, the state Department of Regulatory Staff says it did its job in weighing the interests of utilities and its customers, S.C. power customers. Source: The State

CofC President Glenn McConnell came out on Friday opposing a planned “flagging event” by the S.C. Secessionist Party, which he called a “fringe political group” without naming them outright. In the past, McConnell has been an outspoken supporter of displaying the Confederate flag. McConnell: “This is an ‘honor’ I do not welcome and one that I denounce wholeheartedly.” Source: P&C

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she’s supportive of efforts to remove pro-slavery statues from the U.S. Capitol. Each state is represented by two statues, one of John C. Calhoun and Wade Hampton. Source: P&C

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