More than 40,000 people walked through the gates at the State Fair on Wednesday, making it the biggest opening day ever. [The State]

Yesterday, state health officials discussed measures the state is taking to prepare for the possibility of Ebola spreading into South Carolina. [P&C]

After news broke earlier this week that state and federal law enforcement were reportedly looking into the finances of a political action committee with ties to indicted House Speaker Bobby Harrell, the head of the group denied accusations that it was running a separate fund under the control of the suspended Charleston legislator. [P&C, The State]

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Rather than pass complicated ethics reform, S.C. Policy Council President Ashley Landess says the state should instead use existing criminal statues to enforce ethics-related offenses. [The State]

Petition candidate for governor Tom Ervin released a report Thursday that details about $130,000 in what he says are contributions Gov. Nikki Haley received from companies that received state economic incentives. [The State]

Piggly Wiggly’s parent company is looking to sell off its remaining stores, but the company says the Pig brand is not going away. [P&C]

Little Mary Louise Swing, a 6-year old who suffers from epilepsy and inspired state lawmakers to expand laws allowing a marijuana derivitive to be used to treat symptoms of the condition, is receiving the first doses of the cannabidiol oil. [Beaufort Gazette]

The Coast Guard says it will save $6 million by moving its search and rescue helicopter from Charleston. [P&C]