As the NAACP call increased police and tightened rules around this weekend’s Atlantic Beach Bikefest a “step backwards” for police relations with the public, law enforcement who will be working the events have been cautioned not to be “that spark that causes the problem”. Source: Sun News

AP headline: “Days after Waco, South Carolina braces for bikers”

With six working days left before the legislative session ends, State senators are debating what needs to be done to pump more money into the state’s road system. Republican state Sen. Tom Davis has held court in the chamber for two days, filibustering proposed tax increases to fix the problems, instead pointing to increased state revenues as a possible source of money while education and local governments face cuts. Source: Greenville News, P&C, The State

A Senate screening panel gave its initial OK to DHEC director nominee Catherine Heigel, who will fill the spot that’s been empty since January when she’s likely confirmed in the coming weeks. Source: The State

Congressman Mark Sanford will host GOP 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson in Mount Pleasant next week. Carson is a retired surgeon who has gained popularity on conservative TV, but the P&C reports that the visit isn’t to be construed as an endorsement. Source: P&C

Charleston school board voted yesterday to move forward interviewing with nine candidates for its vacant superintendent position despite cries this week for board members to resign amid controversy over transparency in the search thus far. Source: P&C

A new study of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico has tied a series of deaths to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Source: NYT

Family members of Jerome Caldwell, the man killed by police after an hours-long standoff downtown yesterday, are talking with local media about the days since he allegedly shot a Berkeley County deputy. Live 5 News reports that he hinted for his family to turn him in to collect reward money, while his grandmother predicted he would be killed by police. Source: Live 5, P&C