Emails show Charleston County school board member Chris Collins sought preferential treatment when his daughter was waitlisted at a county magnet school. Over the same stretch of time, Collins also sought to dramatically increase his own pay and that of his colleagues on school board. Source: P&C

Private Christian university Erskine College is looking to increase revenue by sponsoring a K-12 charter school program that could put the religious school in charge of millions of dollars in public funds. Index-Journal headline: “Praying for Dollars.” Source: Greenwood Index-Journal

20 percent: The portion of South Carolina adults that smoke cigarettes, five percent higher than the nationwide average. Source: SC Radio

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t mince words this week reacting to North Korea’s most recent missile launch. Graham: “We’re headed to a war if things don’t change.” Source: CNN

Nancy Mace won Tuesday’s Republican special election primary runoff to replace Republican state Rep. Jim Merrill who resigned after being indicted as part of a statewide corruption dragnet. Source: AP

Congressman Jim Clyburn raised some eyebrows yesterday when he made a flippant remark regarding questions over Democratic leaders’ reaction to sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. John Conyers that made it seem as though he thought there were different standards for elected officials. As his colleague Rep. Cedric Richmond was berated with questions from a reporter, Clyburn looked at Richmond and asked “Who elected them?” Then this morning, after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Conyers to resign, Clyburn said it would be in the “best interest” for the longtime congressman to step down. Source: The State, The Hill, McClatchy