A bi-partisan group of state senators killed an ethics reform bill last night that would have tightened taken the responsibility of ethics investigations out of the hands of the lawmakers themselves. The push for reform comes months after House Speaker Bobby Harrell was forced to resign over ethics violations and after Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned in 2012 over violations. Republican Sen. Luke Rankin of Conway, who chairs the Senate Ethics Commitee, during debate, “There has never been a problem in this Senate, ever”, according to the P&C. Later, Senate Pro-Tempore Hugh Leatherman got up and asked, “Can you tell me what, if anything, is wrong with our current ethics law?” Gov. Nikki Haley took to Facebook to name names of the lawmakers who voted down the bill, calling the opposition a “coverup” of deep-seeded issues. Source: P&C, The State Facebook

Rock Hill’s 3D Systems is working with the Culinary Institute of America on the possibility of 3-D printing food. Source: NYT/AP

Boeing kicked open the doors of its new propulsion plant in North Charleston yesterday and announced that the facility had already been assigned additional work making parts for the new 737 MAX passenger jet. Source: NYT/AP

On Wednesday, Clemson University trustees resisted calls to change the name of its landmark Tillman Hall, named for 19th century S.C. Gov. ‘Pitchfork’ Ben Tillman, calling the proposal a “symbolic gesture.” In a statement released yesterday, board Chairman David Wilkins called Tillman one of the state’s “imperfect craftsmen.” In a cover story last year, CP contributor Will Moredock described Tillman as a “racist, terrorist, and murderer.” Source: Greenville News, WYFF, City Paper

A bi-partisan bill could require resource-intensive mega-farms to submit environmental impact studies before gaining approval from the state to withdraw water from local waterways. Source: The State

A day after a House subcommittee voted to shut down SCSU for a year amid financial troubles, the state’s Legislative Black Caucus took a vote of no confidence in South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey, who has led the school since 2013. There seems to be no consensus on the future of the school itself, but a movement is afoot to remove Elzey. Source: The State

Former South Carolina HHS Director Tony Keck, who oversaw the state’s healthcare system as the state declined to expand the state Medicaid program, said that Medicaid expansion might work in other states. Source: P&C