It’s election day in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Awendaw, Isle of Palms, Lincolnville, McClellanville, Ravenel, Rockville, and Seabrook as well as Dorchester County. Polls are open until 7 p.m. [CP]

Conservationists are afraid that endangered manatees are “loitering” in local waterways well beyond the point where they should be heading south as water temps drop, becoming acclimated to humans feeding the docile crowd favorite mammals. [P&C]

The group “Don’t Dump on S.C.” rolled out an ad yesterday criticizing some state lawmakers for legislation which they say would make it easier for private landfills to import out-of-state garbage to S.C. [SC Radio]

Dorchester County Council cut off debate before it reached the floor on a proposal that would ban councilmembers from texting each other during the meeting, which at least one official said could violate state open meetings laws. When the issue came up on Charleston City Council last year, Councilman Mike Seekings said the practice is no different than passing notes during the meeting. [P&C]

Lawmakers will hear public opinion of so-called “nullification” proposals today and tomorrow, taking up the “Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” which would make enforcing the Affordable Care Act illegal in S.C. [CP, P&C]

The Citadel announced last week that Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who’s on many political watchers’ short lists for 2016, will travel to Charleston next week to speak as part of the school’s Greater Issues Series. [Citadel]

Business owners in Columbia’s Five Points area are working to raise awareness of the problem they say is posed by gangs in the busy late-night area. The district has seen several high-profile incidents of violent crime in recent years. [The State]

The Judicial Merit Selection Commission will hold screenings today for Chief Justice Jean Toal and Associate Justice Costa Pleicones as Pleicones looks to supplant Toal as the leader of the state’s judiciary. [AP]

The College of Charleston basketball teams are set to kick off their 2013-14 campaign later this week as the school moves from the Southern Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association. The CofC men’s team travels to open the season against Rick Pitino’s defending national champion Louisville Cardinal team on Saturday. [P&C]

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