Two S.C. attorneys have asked the S.C. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the state’s domestic violence law and its application to same-sex, unwed couples. Attorneys Bakari Sellers and Alexandra Benevento made the request this week after a Richland County Court reportedly refused to grant protection to a woman said to have been abused by her ex-fiancee, who is also a woman. Source: P&C

Gov. Nikki Haley is reportedly slated to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, just a couple blocks from the White House, in September as buzz swirls around her as a potential 2016 Republican vice presidential candidate.

The City of North Charleston dedicated its new $42 million public works building today. Source: AP, @northcharleston


Berkeley County named Brenda Blackburn its new superintendent this week. She will join Berkeley in November from Montgomery County in western Virginia, where she’s the current superintendent of the 10,000 student district. Source: CRBJ

Writing for The Atlantic, Jeremy Borden, a City Paper contributor and ex-P&C political reporter, has a good primer on Vice President Joe Biden’s long history in South Carolina politics. Biden is said to be considering a presidential bid while on vacation in the Palmetto State this week and if he runs, his deep roots in the early primary state could give him a bump despite his late entry into the race. Source: The Atlantic

A Dorchester County officer-involved shooting is the latest incident in which state law enforcement has denied access to police-recorded video requested under state public disclosure laws. Source: P&C

In another case where parents of a Seneca 19-year old shot and killed by police have requested access to unreleased police video of the incident, the federal Department of Justice has reportedly opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting. Source: Greenville News

Court filings in the death of a Clemson student Tucker Hipps last year allege that he was forced walk on a narrow bridge railing before falling to his death, saying that members of the fraternity he was pledging are to blame. Source: AP

State DOT says it’s restricting former agency employees from going to work for a contractor participating in a DOT project for one year after their departure “in order to combat complaints about the appearance of impropriety and favoritism.” Source: The State, The Nerve

A diverse set of of Charleston-based businesses popped up this week on Inc. magazine’s list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies, including Rewined Candles, Blue Acorn, C&C Myers Heating and AC, and more. Source: P&C, CRBJ