[image-1]A Columbia man set out to run the 475-mile Palmetto Trail that runs across the state just after Christmas and hopes to finish his journey by mid-January. [The State]

About 12,500 South Carolinians will lose benefits after Congress decided not to renew the $25 billion Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program that started five years ago during the recession. [Rock Hill Herald]

Georgetown state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch is reportedly the subject of a civil suit over a marine salvage company he helped organize last year. Goldfinch, who is also facing indictment by a federal grand jury over a stem cell business he sold, called the civil suit “baseless and frivolous.” [Georgetown Times]

State Sen. Lee Bright, talking with the S.C. Policy Council’s Nerve, attempted to clarify controversy over recent FEC disclosures that show more than $3 million owed to creditors, saying that if he was elected to the U.S. Senate, he would use his $174,000 salary to make larger payments to eliminate the debt. [Nerve]

A quack of a headline: “Savannah NWR veritable duck dynasty this type of year” [Beaufort Gazette]

The mayor of Sullivan’s Island wants the local town council to “take the most aggressive action possible” to get rid of coyotes on the densely-wooded sea island. [P&C]

The AP chews on where the lawsuit over the Charleston cruise port expansion lies almost four years after its original announcement. [AP]

Boeing Machinists will vote today on a proposed contract to keep work on Boeing’s 777X jet at its Puget Sound facility. [P&C/AP]