College bowl game picks were announced on Sunday. The 6-6 USC Gamecocks will travel to Shreveport, Louisiana two days after Christmas to play the Miami Hurricanes in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl and the Clemson Tigers will face Oklahoma in the Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Source:, Greenville News

A new state Transportation Commission intermodal plan projects that $70.45 billion will need to be spent on state roads, bridges, and transit through 2040, but predicts that the state will fall short of paying for that plan by about $43 million. Source: Columbia Regional Biz Report

The State are now stalled as they debate a rewrite of the state’s math and English standards. Source: P&C

After 110 performances since October, the off-Broadway show ‘Tail! Spin!’, which lampooned politicians’ sex scandals, including Congressman Mark Sanford’s tryst overseas, will close on Jan. 4, the producers announced this weekend. Source: NYT

Following up on a Times investigation in Iowa earlier this year looking at a group of disabled men living in ‘virtual servitude’ in a local turkey plant, the paper found a similar situation for one man in Newberry, S.C., who’s lived and worked near a Kraft meatpacking plant for decades. Source: NYT

National Sigma Alpha Epsilon officials have suspended activity of the fraternity’s Clemson chapter after postings from off-campus gang-themed ‘Cripmas party’ on social media sparked outrage. Source: G’ville News, Live 5

The State columnist Cindi Scoppe published a wide-ranging interview with CofC President Glenn McConnell, whom she says she knew well during his time in Columbia. Among other subjects, McConnell rules out any CofC takeover of the Charleston School of Law: “It’s not something we want. The Board of Trustees doesn’t want it. Their president doesn’t want it. It doesn’t make sense.” Source: The State

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