According to a new USC Moore School of Business study, Joint Base Charleston and SPAWAR are responsible for $11.1 billion of the $19.3 billion impact the military has on the South Carolina economy each year. Source: AP, The State

“A day of historical reckoning in Rock Hill” yesterday, as the Friendship 9, imprisoned for a month in 1961 over a lunch counter sit-in, had their convictions vacated in front of a standing-room-only courtroom in York County. Source: NPR

Eleanor Kitzman, Gov. Nikki Haley’s nominee to take over DHEC after the resignation of Catherine Templeton, has taken her place at the agency as senators draw up questions for her confirmation hearing. Critics say Kitzman, who once held held the position of insurance commissioner in S.C. and Texas (her departure there was a bit rocky), does not have any experience in public health. Source: The State, P&C

A new Gravis poll shows once and (maybe) future GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the lead among potential 2016 Republican contenders. Source: P&C

Democrats believe that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham could be a vote in favor of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama nominee to take over for Attorney General Eric Holder at the Department of Justice. Source: NYT

Greenville, S.C. native Charles Townes, the co-creator of the laser who went on to win the Nobel Prize in 1964 died this week at the age of 99 in California. The Greenville News has a detailed account of Townes’ life and research. Source: Reuters, G’ville News

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Landon Cohen was parking cars in his home town of Spartanburg last month. On Sunday, he’ll suit up for the Super Bowl. Source: Charlotte Observer

The businessman-turned-fugitive who found the SS Central America off the South Carolina coast in 1988, never paid his investors, and went into hiding after a warrant was issued for him in 2006, was arrested at a hotel West Boca Raton on Tuesday. Source: AP