USC pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, a Rock Hill native, was picked number one overall by the Houston Texans in last night’s NFL Draft, and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was taken fourth by the Buffalo Bills. [Rock Hill,, G’ville News]

State senators are reportedly working on a compromise that could restore some or all of the funding cut from the College of Charleston’s budget over the summre reading controversy. NPR visited Charleston this week for a segment that aired today on Morning Edition. [P&C, NPR]

A state House committee has approved a bill that would loosen strict state controls over seawalls in beach communities up and down the S.C. coast. [P&C]

Vice President Biden delivers the commencement address at USC today and will also stop at a S.C. Democratic Party fundraiser during his trip. [AP]

National Republicans are hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2012 cavalcade of numerous GOP presidential debates that some say may have contributed to former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s S.C. primary victory. [Politico]

PeopleMatter has unveiled a new product, Peoplelytics, as a part of its web-based personnel management tool providing employers with predictive data. [CRBJ]

Clemson University installed its new president, Jim Clements, during commencement today and Bob Jones University announced its new leader, Wisconsin pastor Steve Pettit. [AP, G’ville News]

Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen is pushing for full disclosure of the state’s official inquiry into the 2012 Department of Revenue security breach. [P&C]