The Agenda: Riley recalls Mandela meeting; S.C. is most polite; 526 deal approved

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A day after the former South African president's death, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley recalls meeting with Nelson Mandela two decades ago in New York City. [NYT, P&C]

Not to brag, of course, but if it pleases you, do look into this delightful report that shows South Carolina as the most courteous state in the nation. [The State]

Vincent Sheheen takes an incredibly awkward shot of apple pie moonshine at a liquor store in Sea Pines. [Hilton Head Island Packet]

Mount Pleasant's new Boulevard development is kicking open its doors after a decade in the making. [Live 5]

A new state study points to GrowFood Carolina as a signal of the potential of the produce economy in South Carolina. [P&C]

New venture capital firm, Silicon Harbor Ventures has launched to help support the city's growing tech community. [CRBJ]

South Carolina Medicaid officials say they're frustrated by the influx in incomplete enrollment data they're receiving from federal health insurance marketplace processing. [WaPo/AP]

Interstate-526 took its first major step forward in a year when state transportation commissioners approved an updated version of the intergovernmental agreement yesterday after hearing messages of support from Charleston Chamber officials and House Speaker Bobby Harrell. The State Infrastructure Bank still needs to approve the agreement before the project can move forward. [P&C]

The Daily Gamecock scored a scoop yesterday from Richland Sheriff Leon Lott told the student paper that the Bloods, a national gang, had been operating in Five Points, and that they had been playing "knockout" there—a game where gang members supposedly compete trying to knock strangers unconscious. Columbia Chief Ruben Santiago says no such incidents have been reported in the city. [Gamecock, The State]


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