Daimler AG announced a $500 million investment in North Charleston today, committing to build out a plant that will manufacture its light-duty commercial Sprinter vans, an expansion of an existing Sprinter plant that currently only does assembly work. South Carolina and other Southern states are also courting Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo for major manufacturing investments. Source: Wall Street Journal, CRBJ, P&C, AJC

President Barack Obama makes his first visit to the Palmetto State today on his way to Selma, Alabama with a ‘sold out’ town hall meeting at Benedict College, a historically black university in Columbia. Source: AP, P&C

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, one of two African-American U.S. senators in the current Congress, will head to Selma, along with a bi-partisan delegation from D.C, but that won’t include House Speaker John Boehner or any other top GOP leaders. Source: The State, Politico

Don’t miss former CP staff writer Corey Hutchins’ analysis of P&C profile last week catching up with former S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, who resigned amid state prosecutors’ indictments on campaign finance violations. Hutchins dissects what the P&C calls Ard’s “free-market solution to his fundraising problem”, which amounted to bags of his own cash funnelled to would-be “donors.” Source: Huffington Post

The State Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that freelance journalist Sue Summer, who’s been covering the estate case of musician James Brown for years, can publish a diary she obtained that purports to be that of Brown’s widow, Tommie Rae Brown. Source: NYT/AP

Ringling Bros. circus announced yesterday that it would phase out the use of elephants in its big top shows, but the back entrance of USC’s old Carolina Coliseum will continue to be called the “Elephant Room,” a name given to the cavernous downstairs loading area that supposedly once housed the show’s elephants during an especially cold circus weekend in the early 1970s. Source: The State

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