Vice President Joe Biden stopped in the Holy City on Monday to push for the deepening of the Port of Charleston or risk falling behind to foreign competitors. [CP, CRBJ]

Experian, the credit monitoriing company originally contracted with the state to monitor the 1.5 million taxpayer records (of 6.4 million total) that were stolen as part of a 2012 state Department of Revenue security breach, says the company has decided not to participate in the bidding process to renew the deal, which means that enrollees will either renew with Experian for $12 for the first year, or use whichever company submits the winning bid, which has yet to be determined. [AP, State]

Boeing is set to fly its first stretch Dreamliner, the 787-9, today from its airfield near Seattle. The company’s North Charleston facility will play a role in assembling the 20-foot longer 787. [P&C]

Developers will break ground on the long-awaited $80 million Midtown development at the corner of Spring and King streets today. [P&C]

Work on the first phase of a project to rebuild the Battery will begin next month with the reconstruction of the turn at the southernmost end of the peninsula. [Live 5]

New FBI data shows a “substantial” drop in violent crime in Charleston in 2012 compared to the year before, while North Charleston saw a 13% rise, with more murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults than in 2011. [P&C, Live 5]

The director of the S.C. Manufactured Housing Institute on Miss South Carolina’s mobile home quip: “Yep, 17 percent of South Carolina families live in manufactured homes. They are getting more home for the dollar…” [P&C]