With Gov. Nikki Haley’s first-choice in the presidential race Marco Rubio having dropped out last week, and the S.C. Republican primary far in the rear view mirror of the national political media, Gov. Nikki Haley’s spotlight in the horse race has faded. Source: The State

The state House will begin hashing through its $7.5 billion budget this week. Source: P&C

Former state Sen. Robert Ford is running to retake his old seat in the state Senate. He resigned in 2013 amid an ethics investigation, peladed guilty to misconduct in office and was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution. Source: AP, P&C

Congressman Mark Sanford is one of a handful of members of Congress joining President Barack Obama in Cuba this week. Source: WaPo

The first case to make it to trial involving a lawsuit brought by an alleged victim of former Citadel camp counselor Skip ReVille begins this week. Source: P&C

Local officials turned the first shovels of dirt last week in long-awaited improvements set for Folly and Camp Road. Source: P&C

Charleston County has set a date for the one-lane test to assess the impact of a proposed Ashley River bike lane: April 2 through early May. During that time, barrels will block access to the right-most lane of traffic. Source: P&C

Greenville police officer Allen Jacobs was shot and killed while trying to serve a warrant to a gang member in Greenville on Friday. The 28-year old Iraq war veteran leaves behind two sons and a wife pregnant with the family’s thid child. Source: G’ville News

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