A few days before City Council is set to vote on whether to recommit to a proposed Ashley River Bridge bike lane, the city has published a report detailing how the bike lane could help with the revitalization of West Ashley. Source: P&C, City of Charleston

Op-ed by state Sen. Marlon Kimpson: “Move forward with a bike lane on the Legare Bridge”

Members of both Charleston and Dorchester County Councils will vote this week on whether to add major referenda to November ballots. The Charleston initiative would raise $2.1 billion for roads spending while Dorchester would spend $43 million on parks and libraries. Source: P&C

A year after the P&C’s investigation into alleged child abuse inside S.C. group homes, the Greenville News has a new series a “troubling history of deaths [and] alleged abuse” at group homes. Source: P&C, G’ville News

The author of that P&C series on abuse in group homes, P&C’s Lauren Sausser, is also out with a new investigation into a nationwide ring of adoption scammers who string along potential adoptive parents, fabricating stories about newborns available for adoption, in some cases for their own gain, but mostly for no good reason and without explicitly violating any state law. Source: P&C

Data breaches have affected at least 7.6 million residents of South Carolinians, a state with a population of only about 4.9 million. Source: P&C

Is state Attorney General Alan Wilson’s ‘rising star’ status a little dimmer after a high-profile rebuke by the State Supreme Court over his intervention into a Statehouse ethics investigation? Source: The State

Speaking at the GOP Convention tonight: Melania Trump and Scott Baio. Not speaking this week: S.C. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, who was previously promised a speaking spot. Source: McClatchy, NYT