South Carolina remains a top source-state for illegal guns, with over 5,700 reported stolen in 2012, the 11th highest total in the nation. Source: G’viille News

A little over a week before Christmas, today is the busiest day of the year for USPS workers. Source: WIS-TV

NYT dateline: Aiken, S.C. with an update on the ongoing dispute over the estate of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Source: NYT

Over the weekend, P&C’s Glenn Smith looked at licensed state security officers, which in S.C., have many of the same powers as deputy sheriffs, but without the same training. Source: P&C

As the clock ticked toward an impasse on last week’s budget negotiations, President Barack Obama made a call to key Democrats, including Congressman Jim Clyburn, to ask for their support for a compromise. Source: NYT

Upstate Solicitor Walt Wilkins says he’ll launch an investigation into allegations leveled in a report looking at how Bob Jones University handles sexual assault and abuse. Source: G’ville News

Charleston-area breweries are hoping to build a local economy around craft beer similar to what’s been done by brewers in Asheville, N.C. Source: P&C

Some states, including South Carolina, are looking at loosening their laws to allow insurers to remove cash required to be kept in reserves kept to guarantee payouts, a move that also allows the companies to avoid millions of dollars in taxes. Source: NYT

As the college social groups battle through bad press on multiple fronts, The State’s Andy Shain asks “Is the party over for S.C. fraternities?” Source: The State

The consultant hired to study diversity within Charleston County schools who also found himself in the middle of ‘watermelongate’ will present an early look at a vision for the district’s diversity plan. Source: P&C

The design for a massive dual-branded Aloft and Element by Westin hotel proposed for the corner of Huger and Meeting Streets is headed back to the drawing board. Source: P&C