State Superintendent says he’s instructing education officials who are crafting new education guidelines to ignore national Common Core standards, which are required by law. [The State]

At a national conference of governors in Tennessee this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Gov. Nikki Haley and other elected officials from Ohio and Maryland about investing in infrastructure projects in their states. [Politico]

20 years ago this week, the first BMW rolled off the Greer assembly line, and the Spartanburg Herald Journal has a whole mess of articles looking back at their two decades in S.C. and more. [SHJ]

With 52% more homicides so far this year compared to last in the tri-county area, communities and neighborhood activists are trying to cope with loss as well as work to fix the problems causing the influx in deadly crime. [P&C]

Looking for plenty of storage space? Maybe a $4 million Lowcountry plantation? The government of the State of South Carolina has you covered. For more, look at The State’s examination of the more than 10,000 properties and buildings owned by the taxpayers of South Carolina. [The State]

The AP looks at the story of Latta Chief Crystal Moore, recently reinstated to her position after being fired back in April. [AP]

To the nation that brought us the rendezvous, delicious crusty breads, and nougat-filled chocolate bars: A joyous Bastille Day. To help celebrate, here’s Claude Francois:

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