19 candidates (and counting) file for 1st District special election
With the 10-day filing period closed yesterday at noon, 19 major-party candidates have emerged as suitors to succeed Tim Scott in the 1st District special election, with the possibility of that grand total to go up with third-parties holding conventions in the coming weeks to determine their candidates.
Sources: Hilton Head Island Packet, Post and Courier

Area Realtors name new CEO
Summerville Realtor Wil Riley will take over as the CEO of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors in April when its current chief executive of 26 years Terry Hyde Ketchem leaves the group.
Sources: Post and Courier, Charleston Regional Business Journal

Charleston-area buses still running on schedule
Negotiations continue today between unionized Charleston County and Dorchester District 2 school bus drivers and Durham School Services, the company contracted with the districts to provide bus service.
Sources: Post and Courier

787 inquiry shifts to monitoring system manufacturer
The NTSB said Sunday that its inquiry into the systems that failed during a number of battery system fires aboard Boeing 787 Dreamliners has shifted to GS Yuasa, a Japanese company that manufacturered the battery which powered the jet’s auxilliary power unit (APU).
Sources: Post and Courier (AP), Charleston Regional Business Journal
Related: James Surowecki: “Requiem for a Dreamliner?” (New Yorker)

Ethics panel releases recommendations for reform
An 11-member panel led by former attorney general Henry McMaster issued almost two dozen recommendations Monday as lawmakers continue their ongoing efforts for ethics and campaign finance reform.
Sources: Associated Press, The State, Post and Courier

State Senate Democrats have another go at early voting
After a Senate-approved version of a proposal that would bring early voting to S.C. died in the House last year, Senators are renewing their efforts early in the session this year, eager to put the decision in the hands of the House where it would hopefully garner eventual approval.
Sources: SC Radio Network