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There have been 82 bills filed in the state House for when the legislature reconvenes in January, among them are an equal pay proposal, ethics reform, and a proposal to require gun rights awareness education in state schools. Source: The State, P&C

A $110 million cost-saving measure in the president’s defense budget proposal would ground eight of the C-17 Globemaster transport jets stationed at Joint Base Charleston. Source: P&C

In an interview with former House Speaker Bobby Harrell this weekend, the ex-state rep. maintains that he did nothing wrong despite pleading guilty to corruption charges that forced him from office earlier this year and does not rule out a return to politics. Source: P&C

President Obama has found unlikely Republican allies in Congress, with U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake and Rep. Mark Sanford vowing to push through proposals to begin normalization of relations with Cuba. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, on the other hand, is not on the same page. Source: Politico, P&C

Emails and documents obtained by the Charlotte Observer show North Carolina officials challenged by competition presented by South Carolina and other states in the area that present aggressive economic incentive packages as states bid against each other for potential businesses. Source: Charlotte Observer

S.C. DSS has taken four men into state custody after a NY Times report last month an intellectually-disabled man who lived and worked for small wages near a Kraft turkey processing plant in Newberry, S.C. Source: NYT

Norman Rockwell scene of the day: A man who crashed his single-engine plane into the Congaree River over the weekend was rescued by a group of Boy Scouts who happened to be paddling nearby. Source: WIS-TV

Charleston is hiring Andres Duany, a renowned planner and one of the creators of New Urbanist movement, to help rethink the city’s BAR approval process. Source: P&C

A tour guide is suing the city of Savannah over mandatory testing required to be a licensed city tour guide. Similar laws, also in place in Charleston, were upheld in court in New Orleans earlier this year. Source: NYT

A new study in the American Journal of Human Genetics finds that about 5 percent of people who identify as ‘white’ in South Carolina have at least 2 percent African ancestry. S.C. also had the highest percentage of African ancestry among people who identify as ‘black.’ Source: Vox