COLUMBIA - The Senate panel looking into Department of Social Services dealings continues its meetings today.

As promised by the panel's chair, Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, the DSS Oversight Committee will meet today at 9 a.m., even though the legislature is not in session. At least three people are expected to testify, including Jessica Hanak-Coulter, the agency's deputy director.

Hanak-Coulter is no stranger to the panel. She testified several times before then-Director Lillian Koller returned from medical leave in April. Koller stepped down from her position in June, saying her role as director was causing a distraction.

Amber Gillum, deputy state director for DSS' Economic Services, has served as the agency's interim director until a permanent replacement is appointed. Gov. Nikki Haley said in June the search for a new director was ongoing.

Today's hearing will take place in Columbia and will be broadcast for those who wish to watch from afar.

In other news:

Poll: Nikki Haley's lead over Democrat Vincent Sheheen is slim in four-way governor's race (The Post and Courier)

Democratic Governors Association head Gov. Peter Shumlin urges voters to replace Gov. Haley (The Post and Courier)

Democratic candidate Sheheen pushes roads plan (The Post and Courier)

Haley campaign launches merchandise page (The Post and Courier)

Rand Paul headlines Mick Mulvaney fundraiser (The State)

Haley appoints Mike Campbell to state post (The Greenville News)