The Agenda: NYT profiles SC on Medicaid; Haley and Hitt to Germany; Colleges pitch out-of-staters

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The New York Times, writing with a Florence, S.C. dateline, profiles state residents' troubles finding affordable health care in about half of U.S. states (including South Carolina), which are declining to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act later this year. [NYT]

Former S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges on Syria: "People are war-weary and less inclined to give the president or Congress the benefit of the doubt ... A complicating factor is that this president has limited political capital to draw on— and that won’t change until the economy shows greater momentum." [WaPo]

The 40th annual South Carolina International Trade Conference kicks off today in Charleston. [P&C]

Gov. Nikki Haley and state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt will travel to Frankfurt, Germany this week to pitch car companies on S.C. at the 65th International Motor Show. [CRBJ]

As state funding drops off and schools hustle to attract out-of-state students, who pay higher tuition than their in-state classmates, universities are offering more tuition breaks as an incentive. [The State]

An 18-year old College of Charleston student was killed over the weekend when the car he was riding in crashed on I-95 near Manning. Four of the student's fraternity brothers, also riding in the car, were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and one is being brought up on felony DUI and drug charges related to the fatal wreck. [Live 5]

Herb Fielding, Democratic candidate in last month's Senate District 42 special primary, was booked on DUI charges early Saturday morning driving across the Cosgrove Bridge. [Live 5]

From the opinion pages: "Make the county switch, Daniel Island" [P&C]

This day in 1739: The Stono Rebellion begins just south of Charleston. [Politico]

This day in 1863: Union soldiers failed in their only attempted raid on Fort Sumter, where the War of Northern Aggression began two years earlier. [WaPo/AP]


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