You can shop sales tax free until the 11:59:59pm Sunday. [WIS TV]

After The State found him “non-committal” to a position earlier this week, Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen says the state should “pause” the defense of its state constitutional ban on gay marriage to let the U.S. Supreme Court follow up on appeals expected from a 4th Circuit ruling issued this week over Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. [The State]

Between four and eight inches of rain fell in some places Thursday, triggering flooding across the area and flash flood warnings extended into this afternoon. [P&C]

While Gov. Nikki Haley undergos surgery on her arm today, Democratic Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill will be charged with acting in case of an emergency in her absence. [Rock Hill/AP]

After arguments from dozens of lawyers conclude in the case between dueling dioceses of the Episcopal church over a half-billion dollars in property, a judge is expected to rule in the case some time in the next 90 days. [CRBJ]

The state Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a nuclear waste facility in Barnwell County must draw up a plan to address creeping radioactive groundwater flowing toward the Savannah River from the site. [The State]

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will make a stop in first-in-the-nation primary state Iowa next week. [P&C]

A new law should have stopped a local magistrate judge from setting bail for a teen arrested this week for the shooting at Northwoods Mall, since he was already out on bond for a previous offense, but that’s not what happened, and it’s not the first time it’s happened, says the local prosecutor. [P&C