One suggestion made to a state panel tasked with finding ways to cut domestic violence in S.C. is to take guns away from violent abusers. [P&C, The State]

Three former S.C. governors (Edwards, Riley, and Hodges) are urging S.C. schools to have their students take the American citizenship test as an experience for students learning civics. [SC Radio]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a ’16 White House hopeful, will visit USC and College of Charleston on September 30. [The State]

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced his endorsement of Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Bakari Sellers yesterday. [P&C]

The special House committee, led by S.C. Congressman Trey Gowdy, convened to study the 2012 Benghazi attacks held a quiet first meeting yesterday in D.C. [NYT]

A USC chemist has been named to the 2020 Mars mission team for work on his SuperCam instrument, NASA has announced. [WIS-TV]

Poet Terrance Hayes, a South Carolina native, was among the 21 ‘genius’ grant recipients, formally the MacArthur Fellowship, announced yesterday. [NPR, MacArthur]