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The Nerve reports that the state Commerce Department’s so-called “closing fund” for economic incentives has grown from $5 million the year Haley took office to more than $45 million in the most recent budget year. Source: The Nerve

President Obama’s State of the Union address is tonight. The folks over at the Sunlight Foundation have a fun little interactive project where you can craft your own weird SOTU using past presidents’ lines. Source: NYT, Sunlight

An effort by local leaders and community members in Greenwood, S.C. to replace lists of separate fallen “white” and “colored” soldiers on the town’s war memorial has hit a snag. A provision of state law negotiated as part of the compromise to move the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse prohibits any memorial on public property from being altered. Source: SC Radio Network, Greenwood Index-Journal

A water main serving downtown broke early this morning, and Charleston Water Service crews reportedly fixed it quickly, but at least one downtown school is releasing students early because of the issue. Source: P&C

In case you missed it over the weekend, the P&C profiled College of Charleston guard Canyon Barry, one of the only, if not the only, players in the game who shoots his free throws underhanded. Barry’s father, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, shot his free throws the same way, making nearly 90 percent over his career. Source: P&C

A Columbia police investigator has been placed on leave without pay after a video surfaced over the weekend allegedly showing the officer punching a man outside a Columbia nightclub. Source: The State, USA Today

The P&C has more details of an alleged altercation between two East Cooper teens that resulted in one of the two men fatally stabbing the other with a knife. P&C’s Andy Paras rightly points out that the incident, which was reportedly sparked by a Snapchat message, could just as easily have been triggered on any other messaging service. The killing was one of at least three in the area over the weekend. Source: P&C

At the tea party convention yesterday in Myrtle Beach, Donald Trump, once again out on the “fake campaign trail”, called the prospect of a third Mitt Romney run for president “outrageous.” Politico wonders if the conservative populist movement may be adrift. Source: Buzzfeed (2014), WBTW, Politico