CNN political reporter Peter Hamby talked with Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on his visit to College of Charleston this week, giving some background on what Paul’s strategy may be to appeal to young people. [CNN]

Temperatures could reach into the 40s this weekend as the mercury drops and fall sets in across the region. [Weather Underground]


U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told the Weekly Standard that if he wins his November re-election, he’ll explore a presidential run. [Weekly Standard]

A long-awaited report by the state Legislative Audit Council found breakdowns on multiple fronts within state DSS’ Child Welfare Services division, that the agency is overworked, underfunded, and that even internal figures used to measure performance can’t be trusted. [LAC, The State, P&C]

Summerville Republican state Rep. Jenny Horne says a letter from a DSS attorney notifying a Statehouse oversight panel that she represents plaintiffs with cases against DSS is a “desperate attempt to distract the public fromt he massive problems at DSS.” [P&C]

Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter will parachute in before the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. later this month with 11 others to deliver a ceremonial flag to the head of the race. 20 minutes later, he’ll run the marathon. [The State]

PSA: Myrtle Beach officials voted this week to do away with ordinances that require permits for bars to stay open past 2 A.M. [Sun News]

Gross rental yield on Charleston properties, 5.66%, is well below the national average of 9%, according to new RealtyTrac data. [CRBJ]