Unnamed sources tell the Post and Courier that Volvo Cars, which is already building a $500 million facility in Berkeley County, is looking to double that investment and hire a total of 4,500 workers. Source: P&C

As efforts progress to remove monuments to Confederate leaders across the state, two state senators are pushing to also install a monument to Robert Smalls, the escaped slave who became a U.S. congressman, on the Statehouse grounds. Source: P&C

Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, has announced that she’ll join the Republican primary field to take over Rep. Jim Merrill’s Daniel Island state House seat after the GOP rep. resigned his seat as part of a plea bargain stemming from state ethics charges. Source: P&C

Gov. Henry McMaster hasn’t committed to the health care reform proposal co-authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, the latest Obamacare reform effort to be pushed by Senate Republicans. U.S. Sen. John McCain, usually a Graham ally, also seems cool on the proposal, as do several Republican governors whose state leaders would be charged with managing health care under the Graham proposal. Source: P&C, NYT

Charleston County Schools announced 35 local students as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, all from the county School of the Arts, Wando High and Academic Magnet High School. Source: P&C

Charleston-area state Sen. Marlon Kimpson calls a proposal backed by Gov. Henry McMaster a “bad idea that will only make our financial situation worse as a state and negatively affect the very people who protect our communities, educate our children, and serve the public interest.” Source: P&C

In an editorial today, the P&C says that Charleston County leaders should move ahead with plans to build a new North Charleston library off Rivers Avenue, a plan stalled when the project got tossed into the doomed proposal to help rehab the old Naval Hospital building across the street from its current location. Source: P&C