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Right behind the Villages outside Orlando (“the world’s rowdiest retirement community”), the Myrtle Beach metro is the nation’s fastest growing, with three percent growth over 2014, compared to 0.7 percent growth in the nation as a whole. Three of the nation’s fastest-growing areas fall within 190 miles of the S.C. coastline. Source: Buzzfeed, NYT, AP

The state House approved a bill yesterday to create a new category of “transportation network companies” that would allow services like Uber to operate in S.C. Source: S.C. Radio Network

Newly-announced 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz will make his first S.C. stop in Rock Hill next weekend. Source: The State

The House and the Senate are working on different roads funding bills, but despite the threat of a veto by Gov. Nikki Haley, they both contain tax increases to pay for the improvements. Charleston-area mayors Joe Riley and Keith Summey are both supporting of tax increases, along with Republican state Sens. Larry Grooms and Paul Campbell. Source: CRBJ, P&C

For the first time since 2012, the Cooper River Bridge Run will not reach its registration cap of 38,500. Organizers attribute the drop in runners to a weekend change and recent cold weather. Bib prices for runners also went up $10 to $55 each this year. Source: P&C

Earlier this week, the Town of Sullivan’s Island became at least the eighth local government in S.C. to come out against offshore oil drilling. Congressman Jeff Duncan, who represents the state’s inland 3rd Congressional District, continues to bang the drum in support of drilling exploration off the S.C. coast. Source: P&C, The State

A new report by Familes USA estimates that 183,000 in South Carolina, including some 30,000 food and beverage workers, would qualify for health insurance assistance if the state expanded Medicaid rolls as laid out in the Affordable Care Act. Source: P&C

The BAR has given conceptual approval to a new MUSC women and children’s hospital to be built on the Ashley River side of the downtown campus. Source: P&C

The State newspaper’s John Monk advises those going to this weekend’s Carolina Cup steeplechase in Camden to be on the lookout for “horses, youths, booze, and cops.” Source: The State

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen announced yesterday that two men from Georgia and California were arrested this week in connection with the $700,000 smash-and-grab at a King Street jewelry store earlier this month. Source: P&C

A threefer today in Weird Criminal News:

A Myrtle Beach woman is charged with attempted murder after trying to run someone over after an argument over a gas station cinnamon bun. Source: Sun News

A man arrested after a hotel room meth lab he was running exploded is listed on a police report as an “unemployed shoplifter,” the P&C reports. Source: P&C

A man in Graniteville was arrested Thursday night after a domestic dispute in which he threw a machete at a television. Source: Aiken Standard