With a trip to the Final Four on the line, the USC women beat back the FSU Seminoles on Sunday, who were in control for most of the game, led by a 21-point effort by guard Tiffany Mitchell, with seven of those points coming in the final 92 seconds. Source: ESPN, The State, NYT

You may have heard protests about Indiana’s new ‘religious freedom’ law this weekend, but South Carolina and 18 other states have similar laws. South Carolina’s was passed in response to a Supreme Court case that lawmakers thought infringed on religious freedom. Source: WaPo, P&C

A SLED spokesman clarified statements he made to the media last week, that the state was assisting the FBI in an investigation into the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, saying that the investigation is only into former employees, not anyone currently with the department. Source: P&C

The feds are poised to open the S.C. coast to offshore drilling and S.C. members of Congress are applauding the news, but one by one, cities and towns up and down the state’s coastline are coming out against the proposals. Source: the State

The House version of the state budget contains a little-noticed massive expansion of the state’s private ‘school choice’ tax credit program to cover about 70 percent of all S.C. public school students. One supporter of the rule says the scale of the expansion wasn’t intentional. Source: The State

South Carolina, Iowa, and New Hampshire will still get plenty of attention in the 2016 presidential primary season, but the three early contests may not be as essential to a candidate’s success as they once were. Source: AP

Acting Charleston Superintendent Michael Bobby, one of the three local candidates that local schools officials are looking at for the district’s top job, told board members last week that he was withdrawing from consideration. Another of the candidates, Lisa Herring, is a finalist for the same job in Birmingham, Alabama. Source: P&C

A Clemson professor has secured a $100,000 grant to study the community of African Americans who lived in poor conditions on the Clemson campus and worked for years constructing the school’s landmark buildings, such as Tillman Hall. Source: Greenville News

Founding Charleston School of Law trustee Ed Westbrook, the only remaining director at the private school opposed to its sale to another private company announced on Friday that he was resigning from the board and will cut ties with the school, his attorney says. Source: CRBJ

P&C columnist David Quick examines why the Cooper River Bridge Run saw a decline in registrations this year for the first time since 2012. Source: P&C

The South Carolina Stingrays had their ECHL-record 23-game win streak ended on Saturday night in a 3-2 loss on the road against the Indianapolis Fuel. Source: AP

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