The city of North Charleston is working on a deal with developers of the retail area near Tanger Outlets to fill some local wetlands and expand the shopping area in exchange for town amenities. [P&C]

T-Rav in The State today: “Lindsey Graham’s contempt for liberty can’t go unchallenged” [The State]

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says that despite anonymously-sourced “rumors” that he wasn’t on a College of Charleston presidential search committee’s short list of candidates, he’s still in the running for the position. [P&C]


The College of Charleston and College Reads!, the group the school works with to choose summer reading books, says it will change the way it assigns books as a result of the controversy surrounding last year’s selection of “Fun Home,” a graphic memoir that prominently features gay people. [P&C]

CofC students gathered Thursday to make their voices heard on a proposed merger of the school with MUSC, but groups representing the students have yet to officially make their position known. Faculty senates at both schools and the MUSC student government group have opposed the merger. [P&C]

The State Senate, after hours of talks yesterday, stripped a proposed ethics reform bill of stipulations that would change the way that state lawmakers investigate ethics wrongdoing of their colleagues, but left changes that would do away with leadership PACs and mandate disclosure of donations to anonymous political groups. [AP, The State]

A judge dismissed charges against a Pickens woman who was thrown in jail last week over charges of failure to return a video tape of the movie “Monster in Law” to a video store no longer in business. [WIS-TV]

USC will open its season next year against the Johnny Football-less Texas A&M University Aggies on August 28, being the first game to air on ESPN’s new SEC Network. [The State]

The Gamecocks are also soliciting bids to build a new LEED-certified indoor football training facility, estimated to cost up to $12 million. [Columbia Biz]

Democrats are hoping to make gains in governors’ mansions across the country, including in South Carolina, as Republicans hold a majority of the seats up for re-election in November. [WaPo/AP]

On the cover of Politico Magazine this week: “Can Democrats retake the South? Yes, and here’s how.” [Politico Magazine]

“Only in Myrtle Beach” of the day: The company behind the dinner show Medieval Times has bought four acres of land on the former Freestyle Music Park (Hard Rock Park before that) to use to graze its horses. [The State/Sun News]