Televised debates are on coming up in the final weeks before the November election between candidates for governor (Tuesday) and lieutenant governor (10/27). U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s challengers Brad Hutto and Thomas Ravenel will debate tonight, but they’ll be without their principle sparring partner Graham, who said last week that he didn’t want the race to become a circus. [P&C, The State]

With a large gold mine proposed for Lancaster County near the town of Kershaw, The State began a series of stories this week comparing the prospective Lancaster mine with a mine town in Montana. [The State]

The City of Charleston is set to roll out a development plan for West Ashley, which has seen growth in recent decades, but not as rapid as in other areas nearby. [P&C]

Dueling P&C Opinion page pieces on term limits over the past few days in light of Bobby Harrell corruption allegations, one editorial, “Term limits deter corruption” and another by two CofC professors, “Beware of term limits” [P&C]

Charleston prosecutors are asking state lawmakers to clarify instances when the state’s ‘stand your ground’ statute can be invoked by those involved in domestic disputes. [P&C]

The Democratic challenger to S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond says that data collected from parking swipe cards shows that the incumbent SoS, who commutes from Spartanburg County, only shows up to the office 2.9 days of the week. [The State]

Federal Small Business Administration backed a record $206.9 million in loans to S.C. small businesses in the last fiscal year, which ended in September. [Cola Biz Report]

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