P&C education reporter Paul Bowers has a thorough review of a recent independent audit of the Charleston County School District’s budget that left the county with a $19 million shortfall. The audit uncovered a number of galling instances of reported “misclassification” of district finances that led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in IRS late fees and millions in overspending dating back to the tenure of former superintendent Nancy McGinley. Source: P&C


Yesterday, BMW and the State Ports Authority celebrated the 2 millionth South Carolina-made BMW to be exported through the Port of Charleston. Source: P&C

A delegation of two dozen members of Congress are traveling through South Carolina this week on a ‘Pilgrimage to South Carolina’ led by U.S. Reps. Jim Clyburn and John Lewis (D-GA). They’ll make stops in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston in an effort to learm more about S.C.’s faith and civil rights history. Source: AP, O’Burg, The State

A bill that would require police to disclose dashcam videos of officer-involved shootings is advancing through the state Senate. Source: P&C, G’ville News

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham yesterday: “I think Ted Cruz is the best alternative to Donald Trump. … He’s certainly not my preference, but hes a reliable Republican conservative.” Source: G’ville News

Gov. Nikki Haley was non-committal during a speech at the Citadel Thursday during which a cadet asked her if she could help change school rules that prohibit students from keeping concealed weapons locked in their cars. Source: P&C

The FBI is offering a$5,000 reward for information about a string of James Island church vandalism incidents last year in the days after the Emanuel AME shooting. Source: P&C

Our thoughts are with the staff of the Columbia Free Times and the family of Charles Nutt, the paper’s publisher who was found dead Wednesday. Nutt had a prolific journalism career, leading newsrooms across the northeast before relocating to Columbia and left an impression on many journalists he worked with, including a number of City Paper contributors. Source: The State, (Elmira NY) Star-Gazette