Even though college board incumbents do not face competition for re-election, at least one Francis Marion University incumbent is facing a challenge from the daughter of Senate Majority Leader Hugh Leatherman. Source: The State

Charleston Schools officials said yesterday that because of inadequate budget oversight over the past few years, the district will increase classroom size for many grade levels and save $7.35 million through teacher cuts. Source: P&C

A Charleston Metro Chamber/C of C economic forecast predicts at least 20,000 more jobs are expected to be created in the Charleston region by the end of 2017. Source: CRBJ

State Superintendent Molly Spearman told a group of athletic administrators yesterday that the state’s uniform grading policy will shift to a 10-point scale from its current 7-point grading scale. Source: P&C

Former S.C. state trooper Sean Groubert pleaded guilty to assault and battery yesterday stemming from the incident where he shot an unarmed man during a 2014 traffic stop in St. Andrews. Source: The State

The federal government says it will reverse course and drop a plan to allow offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast of several Atlantic states, including South Carolina. The mayors of Charleston and Beaufort were in D.C. for meetings ahead of the announcement. Source: NYT, The State, P&C

The Cougars’ granny-style free-throw shooter Canyon Barry announced yesterday that he’ll graduate from CofC this summer and transfer to another school for his final year of NCAA eligibility. Since he’ll be a graduate student wherever he transfers, he’ll be able to play next season instead of sitting out a year. Source: P&C

In other Cougar news, the CofC baseball team has cracked into Baseball America’s top 25, ranking #23 in this week’s poll. The Cougs play at Patriots Point this weekend against VCU. Source: P&C, CofCSports

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