Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and Southern Co. are three of the four utilities in talks to buy all or part of state-owned Santee Cooper after the botched VC Summer nuclear project forced the state to consider selling the utility as debts rise and the “legal and political fallout” swirls. Source: P&C

In an op-ed yesterday, Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, a 2018 Republican candidate for governor called the proposed sale a “Knee-jerk [reaction] for the sake of political expediency.” Another GOP challenger, ex-agency director Catherine Templeton agreed with Bryant’s assessment, calling it a “fire sale,” saying, “You never sell a company when it’s rocked back on its heels.” Source: P&C

After a few months of delays, Charleston County Council says a new library to replace the current Cooper River Branch on Rivers Avenue will be a standalone building. At one point, the city and county discussed combining the new branch with other county services offices, but those plans were cast aside. County Council voted to rename the branch for North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey a few weeks before it offered to pay more than $30 million to settle a suit stemming from convoluted deal involving the city, county, and a private businessmen with ties to the mayor and “prior business failures.” Source: P&C

Storm watchers say they expect five more named storms during this year’s season, with the next developing in a few days. Source: P&C

An Anderson, S.C. woman staying at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas watching Ken Burns’ new Vietnam War documentary when she heard automatic gunfire coming from a few floors above her. Source: P&C

A Fort Mill school district says that its administrators will collect license plate numbers of parents as they pick up and drop off their kids at school in an effort to crack down on property tax collections. Source: AP

The Tides hotel on Folly Beach, which has been closed since Irma, will remain closed into November as crews replace flooring damaged by water that was blown into beachfront rooms through A/C vents. Blu restaurant and bar remains open. Source: P&C