Fresh off a definitive New Yorker profile (featuring the return of Aqua Buddah), U.S. Sen. Rand Paul makes stops to talk to students at USC and College of Charleston today. The event at CofC will be at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall and is free and open to the public. [New Yorker, AP, CofC]

A Spartanburg assistant cross-country coach was ticketed for DUI around 7pm Friday night while driving the girls team to a meet in Charleston. The school district paid for hotel rooms for families that had to come pick up their kids and the girls still ran the meet on Saturday. [SHJ]

A group of 17 environmental groups filed suit Monday in an effort to stop the licensing of a slew of nuclear projects, including two Duke Energy reactors near Gaffney. [The State]

Mary Tinkler, the Democratic challenger against suspended House speaker Bobby Harrell, now suddenly in the limelight with Harrell’s indictment, will hold a press conference today downtown to discuss ethics reform “to avoid corrupt behavior by elected officials.” [P&C, AP]

With a little over a month to go, Congressman Jim Clyburn, heavily favored in his re-election in November, is kicking off his campaign with (not surprisingly) a fish fry in Holly Hill. [The State]

There are still plenty of question marks in the bizarre incident Friday morning on the Westmoreland Bridge that ended up with two men over the edge, falling into the Ashley River. [P&C]

A new SLED report shows that while the violent crime rate has fallen overall, the state’s rape and murder rates ticked up slightly, and the overall crime rate sits more than 27 percent higher than the national rate. [G’ville News]

Columbia residents are being asked to help name the city’s new minor league baseball team coming in spring of 2016. [The State]