Get your best knit cap and tapered jeans ready, trendy Swedish retailer H&M opens on King Street on December 19. [P&C]

Music Farm Productions is taking its formula to Columbia in partnership with a popular local bar/music venue to open another stage in Columbia. [The State]

Two of the nation’s largest foodservice suppliers, Sysco and U.S. Foods, announced they would merge on Monday. [CRBJ]

Two 17.8-megawatt biomass power generation facilities in Allendale and Dorchester are now online. [CRBJ]

Charleston County Schools says it will conduct an audit of ongoing building projects before continuing its push to extend the 1% sales tax. [P&C]

Last week, Dorchester County held a workshop last week to discuss whether they would allow high school students to use mobile phones during the school day… and then “totally forgot” to put it on Monday’s agenda. [P&C]

State education officials are asking for a dramatic increase in spending on technology access, to triple spending from $10 to $30 million to put tech into students’ hands as instruction and testing move online. [The State]

The Charleston County Aviation Authority got two new female members Monday night in former first lady Jenny Sanford and Charleston CVB Director Helen Hill. Charleston lawmakers also appointed M. Emerson “Tripp” Wiles III to fill a vacancy on Charleston County School Board, replacing departing member John Barter. [P&C]

USC economists say they are looking forward to strong economic growth for South Carolina next year, forecasting an “expansion that we think can (be) sustained for several years.” [The State]

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the man wanted in the shooting death of Donald Gist, the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. [The State/Charlotte Observer]

The state lead prosecutor is reportedly evaluating a “voluminous” report given to them by the State Law Enforcement Division related to a “preliminary inquiry” into alleged ethics violations by House Speaker Bobby Harrell. [AP, CP, The State]