[image-1]A handful of Piggly Wiggly stores in the Charleston area that closed last week will re-open today as Bi-Lo locations. [P&C]

The Francis Marion University Board of Trustees is set to consider the possibility of opening a satellite campus in Mount Pleasant today. [Florence Morning News]

The federal Department of Agriculture is praising work by the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in South Carolina for their work preserving forestland held by African American landowners. [WaPo/AP]

A decision by state Medicaid officials to stop paying for early elective childbirths has saved the state $6 million in costs in addition to millions saved by not having to pay for intensive care for early-born infants. [The State]

A new rule approved by Charleston City Council gives new definition to “phoning it in,” allowing members unexpectedly out of town during meetings to call in to participate. [P&C]

Everett, WA Boeing workers’ union officials called a proposal by the company for work on its new 777X passenger jet “a piece of crap,” tearing up a proposal during a meeting Thursday night. Boeing officials have said they may take the work elsewhere if an agreement can’t be reached in Washington. [Seattle Times, P&C, CRBJ]

Reporting with a Charleston dateline, the New York Times examines the effects of reduced funding for food stamp programs nationwide. [NYT]

[image-2]Post and Courier education reporter Diette Courrege Casey, along with Brenda Rindge, has a three-part education piece today about rising test scores in Charleston County schools compared to the rest of the nation and changes that may be ahead in how the state approaches overall testing of its schools. [P&C]

Beaufort Gazette columnist David Lauderdale reflects on a new four-lane stretch of US-17 between Charleston and the Beaufort area: “Let the Germans have their Autobahn. Now in the Lowcountry we have our Okrabahn.” [Beaufort Gazette]

Former Winnsboro state Rep. Boyd Brown says he won’t challenge Congressman Mick Mulvaney after a Rock Hill report said earlier this week that he was weighing a run. [The State]

Charlotte-based Duke Energy says it is considering buying a stake in the $9.8 billion expansion of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, one of the only active nuclear projects in the nation. [Columbia Regional Business Report]