Charleston cops nab arson suspect
The Charleston Police Department held a press conference Monday to discuss the arrest of a suspect in multiple cases of arson downtown and in Hollywood, a small coastal town southwest of Charleston. Though Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen says local residents should ‘breathe easier’ with the arrest, he also said the investigation into a string of downtown house fires dating back to the early 2000s is ‘in its infancy.’
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Post and Courier, Live 5 News

Charleston a finalist in Race to the Top district competition
Charleston County Consolidated School District is one of 61 districts nationwide who are finalists for the nation’s first ‘Race to the Top’ district competition, which will split $400 million among 15-25 districts who make the final cut.
Sources: Post and Courier

Law firm works to clear up controversy over state’s Experian contract
Nelson Mullins, on retainer with the state over the Department of Revenue hacking scandal, is trying to clear up confusion around the procedures that went into the state choosing to sign a $12 million deal with Experian to offer credit protection to residents affected by the breach.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Haley to make first post-hacking trip out-of-state (P&C)

Graham, McCain to meet with Susan Rice
At the request of UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who’s taken flak over comments she made immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya, Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte will meet with Rice, who is on a short list of potential successors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sources: Washington Post
Related: Duncan (R-S.C.) says Rice is ‘tainted’ (Politico)
Norquist criticizes Graham, GOP for ‘impure thoughts’ on tax pledge (NYT)

Richland elections official acknowledges mistakes, deflects blame
Richland County elections director Lillian McBride said Monday, during a hearing to look at county election day issues, that a misread spreadsheet led to a shortage of election machines and vote-counting equipment in many of the county’s precincts, causing long lines and frustration at the polls.
Sources: The State, AP
Related: State Election Commission to hear three protests (AP)

Attorney general asks for permission to form public corruption unit
State Attorney General Alan Wilson says he’s working with legislators to get sign-off on a new Public Integrity Unit, comprised of the attorney general’s office, Ethics Commission, Dept. of Revenue, Inspector General, and SLED
Sources: The State