The Agenda: Lindsey Graham wants the president to drink more; Life sentence for Roof's guilty plea?

Ethics Commission says free Gamecocks tickets are OK

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Attorneys for accused Mother Emanuel shooter Dylann Roof said Wednesday that the 21-year old wished to plead guilty in the case and spend the rest of his life behind bars if prosecutors wouldn't seek the death penalty in the June 17 shooting that killed nine people. Source: P&C

After plans were announced this week to begin the nominations process for Mother Emanuel and the city to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Rev. Norvel Goff of Emanuel AME called the effort: "An acknowledgment that only God could have moved in such a miraculous way to allow us to stand on solid ground." Source: Live 5

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham made a splash at yesterday's pre-debate debate between the low-polling contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. Among the highlights of his straightforward jabs at his colleagues, here's Graham on breaking bread with political opponents: "That’s the first thing I’m going to do as president: We’re going to drink more." Source: WSJ

The State Ethics Commission said yesterday that it was legal for the governor's office to receive complimentary suite tickets to Gamecocks football games, saying that they were a gift to the office and not Gov. Nikki Haley or the officeholder specifically. Source: AP

Catherine Templeton, former DHEC director and labor lawyer, is joining the State Ports Authority as a senior vice president, paid $235,000 annually, as the agency reorganizes its leadership. Source: P&C, CRBJ

The city's new intersection safety ordinance, drawn up to discourage roadside panhandling, takes effect tomorrow. Source: Live 5

Disagreements in Congress over the Export-Import Bank could lead to GE diverting some jobs that could go to the company's Greenville facility overseas. Source: NYT, G'ville News

A state senator is asking the state attorney general to review South Carolina's Heritage Act, which requires a two-thirds supermajority in the General Assembly to make any changes to government-owned war monuments and memorials. Source: P&C

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