The promoters of the Sept. 30 Fall Ball concert at Colonial Life Arena are suing the arena to stop it from refunding fans’ tickets after headliner Lil Wayne declined to perform. The hip-hop star called off his appearance because security staff wanted him to pass through a metal detector. The arena said it would offer refunds, but a judge issued a temporary stay on refunds after promoters filed suit. In other cancellation news, ZZ Top called off its Oct. 18 South Carolina State Fair appearance just two days before it was scheduled to play. It was a repeat of 2014, when ZZ Top also cancelled on the State Fair. — Eva Moore

Columbia’s First Baptist Church Sued in Alleged Abuse Cover-up

A lawsuit alleges that officials at the powerful First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia failed to stop or address the ongoing abuse of an 11-year-old boy by a church volunteer. According to The State, the suit asks for $150,000 in civil damages, alleging that the volunteer inappropriately touched the boy, and sent him nude photos and explicit text messages. The lawsuit also cites a past abuse scandal at the church, when ex-deacon John Hubner was convicted of abusing a child. The suit asks for the court to unseal three civil lawsuits against the church and Hubner.  — Eva Moore

Farage Boosts Joe Wilson in S.C.

Nigel Farage, the British politician often credited as the architect of Brexit, was in town Oct. 13 for a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. Tickets to the event at the Palmetto Club started at $25. Three protesters held signs outside the venue, telling a reporter they were upset that Wilson hasn’t held any town hall meetings in Columbia but is willing to hold a private fundraiser in the city with the likes of Farage, a Fox News contributor often criticized for stoking nationalist and anti-immigrant feelings. — Eva Moore

Contaminants Found at Congaree National Park

The U.S. Geological Survey found “dozens of contaminants” in the water at Congaree National Park, according to a report the department released last week. As part of the study, which was requested by the National Park Service, researchers found 49 pharmaceuticals and 47 other contaminants, including pesticides and chemicals associated with sewage. The most commonly found contaminant? DEET, used to repel insects, was found in 71 percent of all water samples. The most commonly detected pharmaceutical was Metformin, a drug used to treat diabetes. While notable, the contaminants “were detected at levels below any considered to pose a risk to the health of park visitors who might drink or come in contact with waters in the backcountry,” the USGS said. — Eva Moore

Trump Campaigns for McMaster in Greenville 

President Donald Trump went to Greenville and stumped for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s re-election campaign this week. “I loved our Henry,”  Trump said at a fundraiser, according to The Post and Courier. “He worked so hard and Peggy (McMaster’s wife) worked so hard. Peggy was all over.” The bombastic president added that the McMasters “showed me the ropes a little bit.” McMaster was the first statewide elected official to endorse Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, back when the idea of such a presidency seemed, at best, far-fetched. Meanwhile, a couple hundred people gathered in Falls Park in Greenville to protest Trump’s appearance in the Upstate. The State reports that Black Lives Matter and pro-choice protesters were among the crowd. “Donald Trump has the nerve to come here. It’s an insult to raise money instead of talking to the people,” protester Suzie Hart, of Easley, said. — Chris Trainor

Courson Wants Corruption Charges Dropped

Longtime state Sen. John Courson wants the public corruption charges against him thrown out. On Thursday, Courson’s lawyer argued before a judge that special prosecutor David Pascoe has exceeded his authority in the long-running State House corruption probe. The Post and Courier’s Jamie Lovegrove also reported that Courson’s attorney, Rose Mary Parham, “insinuated political motivations” are behind Pascoe’s probe. Courson is accused of participating in a scheme in which he allegedly pocketed $133,000 in campaign contributions. — Chris Trainor

New Details on Incident that Killed Two Ft. Jackson Soldiers

Military investigators released new details about an incident that left two soldiers dead and six injured at Ft. Jackson recently. The State is reporting that investigators said no off-post people were involved and it doesn’t appear the action was intentional. The deaths occurred when a military covered truck hauling a water tanker ran into troops who were marching back to their barracks. While evidence leads investigators to believe it was an accident, a spokesman said, “It’s too early to state definitively.” — David Travis Bland

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