After the state Public Service Commission unanimously passed an order demanding Uber cease and desist operations in S.C. on Thursday, the app-based car service got a boost of support late Friday from Gov. Nikki Haley, who wrote a letter to the panel, and Charleston Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, who said he is working with Charleston Republican Peter McCoy and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to make a place for Uber to operate legally within state code. For their part, Uber sent out an email to its S.C. users, urging them to contact the PSC and tweet using the hashtag, “#scneedsuber”. Source: Greenville News, The State, Facebook

A Charlotte woman whose brain tumor treatment was made possible by the Affordable Care Act will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Source: Charlotte Observer

Striking a markedly non-committal tone on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday morning, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham downplayed formal paperwork filed to establish a presidential campaign committee: “I don’t know where this will go, but I’m definitely going to look at it.” Source: NYT

Conservative cable news superstars Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz are participating in the three-day 2015 South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, in Myrtle Beach. Source: Politico

The debate prompted by Clemson students who are petitioning university officials to rename the school’s landmark Tillman Hall is getting a little louder, as Rev. Jesse Jackson called for the building’s renaming, sparking a counter-protest to “save” Tillman Hall. Source: Greenville News

A $5 million project to improve the recreation area around Colonial Lake begins today, with funding coming from a partnership between the Charleston Parks Conservancy and the city. Source: Live 5

Ali al-Marri, the Qatari man labled an ‘enemy combatant’ just after 9/11 and held in military custody the Navy brig in Charleston for over five years before being ordered to be transferred to the federal Justice Department to serve an eight year sentence for aiding a terrorist organization has been released and has returned home to Doha, Qatar, according to Charleston attorney Andy Savage. Source: NYT

Gov. Nikki Haley is also appearing in a new radio ad in support of anti-union efforts by Boeing South Carolina. Source: P&C

More than 50 years after their 1961 sit-in, the surviving members of ‘Friendship Nine,’ a group of young black men who racial inequality by sitting at a Rock Hill lunch counter, are returning to court in an attempt to have their names cleared of any wrongdoing. Source: Reuters

Mount Pleasant police are investigating the stabbing death of a 17-year old by a 16-year old acquaintance after one of the teens reportedly saw a Snapchat from the other sent to his girlfriend. Source: Live 5