Child abuse reports are up 25 percent since January, says the state DSS agency, leading to a 41 percent increase in opened cases. Funding for new caseworkers to decrease current staffers’ caseloads should be in action within six months, the agency’s new director says. Source: AP, The State

During the first few days of school last week, 77 state-owned buses that operate in Charleston County broke down. Despite that, the district voted Monday to withdraw a five-year $31 million tax increase that would have allowed local schools to replace most of the buses on the road. Source: P&C

Ginny Deerin, candidate for Charleston mayor, debuted the first TV ad in the crowded race to replace Mayor Joe Riley. In the 30 second spot, Deerin mentions plans she’s put together ranging from traffic to bike and pedestrian issues. Source: P&C

Meanwhile, Riley says he’s sticking with his plan to recommend that the city use eminent domain to acquire a once-public park near the high-end Longborough neighborhood near the northwest corner of the downtown peninsula. Ownership of the park has been the subject of years of litigation. Source: P&C

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce says it’s siding with the Beach Company on its legal appeal of the city BAR’s rejection of their plan for redeveloping the Sergeant Jasper site downtown. Source: CRBJ

Sun News op-ed: Federal legislation authored by Congressman Mark Sanford and sponsored by Congressman Tom Rice will put public transportation at risk. Source: Sun News