COLUMBIA - The Attorney General has chosen First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe to take over the ethics-related investigation into House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

The Post and Courier's Jeremy Borden reports the move has been met with positive feedback by those who pushed for the investigation in the first place.

Harrell, R-Charleston, told Republicans on Saturday that a state grand jury investigation into his conduct has come to an end and Attorney General Alan Wilson has stepped aside from the case. Harrell has been accused of using campaign funds for personal use. He has long maintained his innocence and said the investigation was politically motivated.

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Tonight, The Post and Courier will launch a domestic violence series, "Till Death Do Us Part." The investigation takes a closer look at how South Carolina's ineffective laws, coupled with the state's deep beliefs about the sanctity of marriage, have resulted in the death of more than 300 women by men in the past decade. South Carolina's murder rate for women is more than double that of the nation.

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In other news:

Georgetown's Front Street: Damaged by fire, delayed by flood rules (The Post and Courier)

Ravenel makes 2nd trip to Beaufort in as many months, says he gives voters true choice (The Beaufort Gazette)

Haley honors founder of free clinic (The Times and Democrat)

SC's Upstate lawmakers rank lowest on environmental scorecard (The State)

Drug abuse council backs automated analysis of pain pill data (The State)

Spartanburg County Council urged to let towns opt out of Sunday alcohol sales (The Herald-Journal)

New president of sheriff's association seeks concealed carry reform (The Herald-Journal)