For the first time since being sworn in as president in 2009, Barack Obama will visit South Carolina on Friday for a rally at Benedict College in Columbia. Source: The State, P&C

On the way to Northeastern’s 65-56 win over College of Charleston on Saturday night, a CofC ball boy managed to get in on the action, nearly taking the charge by Husky guard Devon Bailey on a fast break. Source: SB Nation

State lawmakers and local leaders concede that the State Infrastructure Bank, which funds major infrastructure projects, has run into issues with major projects, such as I-526 in Charleston, but it’s not clear how to address those shortfalls. Source: P&C

Groups like the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity agree that there needs to be reform in the state’s transportation system, and are in favor of Gov. Nikki Haley’s tax cut and road improvement budget, but not the gas tax increase it uses to pay for the work. Source: Greenville Journal

Since 2010, the number of concealed weapon permit holders in S.C. has nearly doubled to more than 251,000 last year. Source: Greenville Journal

Gov. Nikki Haley is reportedly traveling to an undisclosed location until Wednesday as part of an unnamed economic development mission. Source: The State

The Sun News reported this weekend that Myrtle Beach has moved up in the prestigious rankings of “trashiest” spring break locations, according to the mostly-not-porn site, apparently the go-to source for trashiness. Source: MB Sun News

S.C. GOP Chairman Matt Moore on Charleston Republicans: “I am extremely disappointed in the Charleston County GOP leadership for not having a Republican in the mayoral race.” Source: P&C

Be sure to check out P&C’s Saturday profile of Charleston-based lifestyle mag Garden & Gun, which has ‘defied the odds’ as a print magazine and cultivated a national following for the niche lifestyle mag. Source: P&C

The P&C reports that the potential “witness intimidation” as part of the case surrounding a 2002 shooting death of a state trooper at a checkpoint triggered a “top to bottom” investigation by the FBI of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

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