After a week of protest nationwide over two well-publicized cases where grand juries declined to indict police officers in fatal shootings, a South Carolina grand jury has chosen to indict the former police chief of the small S.C. town of Eutawville in the shooting death of an unarmed man in 2011. According to analysis by, contrary to the decisions in Missouri and New York, state grand juries almost always hand down indictments, unless those cases involve cops. [AP, P&C, NYT, 538]


After initially conducting sting operations to crack down on scofflaw UberX drivers, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen told a city council committee on Tuesday that he thinks there’s room for the app-based car service to operate legally in Charleston classified as a “transportation network company,” somewhere between a taxi and a limo. Source: Live5

Daniel Island-based Blackbaud says that Giving Tuesday donations grew by 36% among companies participating this year compared to 2013, with about 17% of donations coming from mobile devices. Source: Mashable, USA Today

New Democratic state Rep. Mary Tinkler will remain in her position as the House District 114 legislator after a deal was announced Tuesday would scrap a pending challenge to the election that was held last month that included a disqualified Bobby Harrell on the general election ballot. Source: P&C

More borrowers are falling behind on car payments, with a high concentration of delinquencies in the South, including S.C., Mississippi, and Alabama. Source: NYT

South Carolina is joining 17 other states in legal action against the president over sweeping immigration proposals floated last month. Source: P&C, The State

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general, Loretta Lynch, is “a good, solid choice,” but admits that she will face questioning over the president’s immigration actions. Source: WSJ/AP

Spartanburg state Rep. Rita Wilson, appointed the head of the Education and Public Works committee yesterday, is the first woman to head up a committee in more than a decade. Source: The State

Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, along with many other conservatives, are pushing back against outside groups that are encouraging Republicans not to deal with Democrats. Source: Politico

The state Department of Transportation is requesting $9 million to install a system on the Ravenel Bridge that could help keep ice from forming on bridge cables and prevent a prolonged shutdown of the bridge after the road surface is de-iced. Source: P&C

Former Charleston City Councilman Henry Fishburne says he’ll run for mayor next year, bringing the total tally of candidates declared for the office to four. Source: P&C