Veronica – Baby Veronica’s biological father, stepmother, and paternal grandparents have all filed court papers (P&C) in Oklahoma seeking the adoption of the three-year old toddler, a move that could complicate the custody dispute over the child that’s set to play out in South Carolina courts in the coming months. The child’s birth mother, who’s stood alongside the James Island couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who originally adopted Veronica, said she would fight the termination of her own parental rights if custody of her daughter was not granted to the Capobiancos.

Chas. GOP – Charleston Republicans elected a new chair (P&C) at a meeting last night, tapping John Steinberger, known as @FairTaxJohn on Twitter, to become the party’s third leader so far this year.

Haley on child abuse – Gov. Nikki Haley, at an event discussing a recent child abuse report (AP) in the Upstate, says she was the victim of abuse (State) as a young girl by a child care provider.

Democrats want Haley apology over voter fraud claims – Days after state investigators found that there was no intentional voter fraud using the names of dead people, Statehouse Democrats on Monday asked that Gov. Nikki Haley apologize (WIS) for “misleading the public” on the issue of voter fraud.

Sex scandals sell – With Mark Sanford cruising to his seat in Congress earlier this year, NY sex scandal veterans Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer (Politico) are the newest once-disgraced lawmakers to announce campaigns to re-enter the political world.

Harris Teeter – Kroger announced this morning (Charlotte Observer) that it will buy the Matthews, NC-based Harris Teeter chain of supermarkets for $2.4 billion, but says HT will remain a separate identity as well as its North Carolina management team and distribution facilities.

Two S.C. familes in crash – Two Greenville families, including five children, aboard an air taxi flight in Alaska died Monday after the plane went down (State) outside of Anchorage. The pilot of the plane also died.

Weber Auto – A $51 million investment (P&C) by Weber Automotive, manufacturer of drivetrain components, will bring 84 jobs to the North Charleston campus on the Ingleside Plantation site.

Red Wolves at Charlestowne Landing – Charlestowne Landing will soon be home to endangered red wolves (AP) thanks to a new habitat set to be unveiled to media this week.

Deadly beaches – Seven people died over the Fourth of July weekend (Charlotte Observer) along beaches in the Carolinas in rip currents, twice as many as in an average year.