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The state Public Service Commission reversed course on Thursday, bowing to pressure from Gov. Nikki Haley and state lawmakers, issuing a temporary permit for Uber to operate in South Carolina until June 30 as the legislature weighs a proposed law accommodating the company’s ride-hailing technology platform. Source: G’ville, P&C, The State

Under state law, DHEC isn’t required to field nominations to fill its vacant agency director position, but according to The State, the board departed from best practices when it voted to hire former state insurance director Eleanor Kitzman without conducting a wider search. Source: The State

The Post and Courier’s “Till Death Do Us Part” series highlighting domestic violence in South Carolina, is the only non-national daily paper named as a finalst for the 2015 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Source: P&C, Shorenstein Center

Grover Norquist, the president of the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, has announced his support for Gov. Nikki Haley’s plan to trim state income taxes and bump up the state gas tax. Source: P&C

U.S. Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee for president and longtime Lindsey Graham BFF said that Graham has his full support for a newly-announced exploratory committee for a 2016 presidential run. McCain: “He’s a dark horse—keep an eye on him … In debates, he’ll shred ’em.” Source: Bloomberg

Developers recently denied permission to develop a remote end of Kiawah Island are hoping to find friends in the state legislature to allow them to develop along the coastline of the high-end gated island community. Source: The State