Headlines on the CofC presidential search this weekend:
MUSC, CofC students say their voices not heard in merger talk [The State]
CofC leader urges to stop ‘speculation’ in presidential search [The State]
McConnell said to not be on CofC committee’s top list [P&C]
CofC, MUSC merger bill raises some quetions [P&C]
Stavrinakis, Merrill column: ‘Merger of MUSC, CofC would benefit Lowcountry’ [P&C]

About 64,000 are still without power across the state after last week’s ice storms. [AP]

Post and Courier headline over the weekend: “Will there be a Gov. Sanford again?” (Spoiler, Sanford to P&C: “Definitely not.”) [P&C]

After a state guns-in-bars ban breezed through the Statehouse earlier this year, some folks in Columbia think ethics reform could see similar treatment this week. [The State]

South Carolina is acting concert with a nationwide movement of states enacting 20-week abortion bans, a campaign getting a boost by Republican Texas state Rep. Wendy Davis’ high-profile bid to be the state’s governor. [Politico]

Dabo Swinney, on an Atlanta radio show Friday, was asked about his views on gay athletes in college football, and actually had some pretty non-political, seemingly thought-out answers (Around 7:20): “I don’t think it is anyone’s business what their sexual orientation is. This is football. I have a lot of personal beliefs that I believe in, but I can’t transfer those to the football field. On third-and-2 or third-and-15, you need the best football player.” [CBS Sports, 92.9 The Game]

A monument commemorating Denmark Vesey, a 19th century slave who bought his own freedom and went on to plan a major Charleston slave rebellion, was unveiled over the weekend in Hampton Park. [P&C]

The discount East Coast coach company Megabus.com will begin service to Columbia this week. [Columbia Biz]

A small earthquake shook parts of South Carolina over the weekend with its epicenter in Edgefield, registering a 4.1 and reportedly felt in Atlanta and Hickory, N.C. [AP]

A Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen plant union vote has S.C. parallels as workers in the German automaker’s plant rejected a vote to join the United Autoworkers in a vote that became highly politicized with local and federal lawmakers weighing in ahead of the secret ballot vote. Greer, S.C.’s BMW plant, a longtime non-union factory that has seen little pressure to unionize, has been called a “huge screw you” to labor unions. [Chatt. Times Free Press]