Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed her deputy chief of staff, 36-year old Christian Soura, to oversee the agency charged with administering SC’s $7 billion Medicaid program. When asked about the possibility of a national search, Haley said, “I knew going outside I wouldn’t find anyone better than Christian.” Soura must also be confirmed by the state Senate. [P&C, The State]

StoryCorps, the oral history project sponsored by NPR and the Library of Congress, has a great collection of oral accounts and a series of powerful animated shorts as part of a tribute to those who have served our nation on Veterans Day. [StoryCorps]

Former Charleston Superintendent Nancy McGinley thanks voters for supporting a tax to improve schools in today’s P&C: “Thank you for not being distracted and for keeping your eye on what really matters” [P&C]

State police say they’re written 265 warning tickets for texting while driving since the proposal became law earlier this year. They cannot begin issuing actual citations until next month. [P&C]

A SCDOT employee is facing breach of trust charges for trying to sell stoplight hardware worth more than $10,000. [The State]

Several Republican governors, including Gov. Nikki Haley are reportedly seeking to move up within the Republican Governors Association, though Haley says she does not want to head the national conservative group currently led by NJ Gov. Chris Christie, but says she was approached last year about taking the job. [Politico, The State, P&C]

South Carolinian Ben Ingram, of Florence, took the top spot on Jeopardy last night in the first night of this year’s Tournament of Champions — “the best sport on TV this week,” says SB Nation. Only Arthur Chu and Julia Collins, also tournament contenders, have won more games than Ingram. [Florence Morning News, SB Nation]

New FBI numbers published on Monday show significant drops in violent crime and property crime locally. [P&C]

The Southern Environmental Law Center says that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement looking at the I-526 extension proposal, completed in July 2010, should be redone because of delays on the project. [P&C]