A day after announcing it would abandon a multi-billion dollar nuclear power plant project in the Midlands and could make customers pay for it, SCE&G’s parent company says its profits are up 15 percent over last year, earning $121 million in the last quarter. Source: P&C

Duke Energy may also abandon a nuclear station and saddle its Upstate customers with more than $500 million spent in development of a project near Gaffney. Source: Charlotte Observer

President Donald Trump has nominated two federal judges for South Carolina: Donald C. Coggins of Spartanburg and A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. of Greenville. Coggins was also an Obama pick whose nomination wasn’t confirmed before the Senate session ended last year. Source: P&C

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says that the president’s new chief of staff John Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, could be a “calming influence” in the Trump White House as Kelly comes in with a stern, militant management background. Source: CNN, NYT

Anderson Independent-Mail headline: “SC patients wait as lawmakers debate medical marijuana”

Brian Hicks held zero punches in his column today, teeing off on Catherine Templeton’s recent gov campaign jaunt to the Upstate where she proclaimed her love of the Confederacy: “That’s not your heritage, Catherine Templeton, that’s your cynical politics showing”

The State columnist Cindi Scoppe after this week’s turmoil over failed nuclear plants: “This is what has to change after the SC nuclear meltdown”

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