The Agenda: Biden vacationing in SC, considering '16 run; Get ready to dial; USC prof named in Coke-funded group

County grand jury indictments analyzed

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Vice President Biden (right), is said to be vacationing in S.C. and deciding whether he will challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. - WHITE HOUSE PHOTO
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  • Vice President Biden (right), is said to be vacationing in S.C. and deciding whether he will challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.

Vice President Joe Biden is currently on a weeklong vacation in S.C., where he's said to be mulling a final decision on whether to enter the 2016 presidential race. Source: AP

NYT headline: "Shooting of Unarmed White Teenager, Zachary Hammond, Enters National Debate"

Get your dialing fingers ready: This fall, many S.C. residents will need to dial the area code plus the seven-digit phone number when making a call whether it's local or not. Source: P&C

Charleston has the nation's cheapest gas as prices have dropped 11 cents in two weeks nationwide. Nationally, the average price is $2.71 per gallon, but in Charleston, prices are as low as $2.19. Source: AP

Gov. Nikki Haley and her family quietly attended Sunday service at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston this weekend. Source: P&C

Erick Erickson's conservative group Red State disinvited the Trumpster from its RedState Gathering this weekend after comments he made on CNN. Source: RedState

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told the Washington Post he's worried Trump is doing permanent damage to the GOP and that he wishes the party would quit "tiptoeing around" Trump's candidacy. RNC Chair Reince Priebus reportedly canceled a scheduled appearance on "Face the Nation" yesterday morning, but party leaders say it had nothing to do with Trump. Soruce: WaPo

This week marks the 10th anniversary of North Carolina's 'Pop the Cap' law that allowed high-gravity beers in the Tarheel State, kickstarting the state's beer industry which the Charlotte Observer declares has the "best in the South." Source: Charlotte Observer

University of South Carolina exercise scientist Dr. Steven Blair is identified by the New York Times as the leader of a new nonprofit group supported financially by Coca-Cola that purportedly seeks to reframe the debate around obesity, health, and fitness. Blair told the Times that Coke has no influence over his research on health science. Source: NYT

Experts are trying to figure out why infant mortality rates are falling while childbirth-related problems are claiming the lives of S.C. mothers at the highest rates since 1999. Source: P&C

A 24-year old shot and killed by police after a chase in Dorchester County early Saturday is the 31st officer-involved shooting to be investigated by SLED this year. Source: P&C

The Greenville News reports that at least in Greenville, Charleston, and Florence Counties, grand juries convened by the counties return "true bill" indictments on almost every charge they consider. In 2014, a Charleston grand jury reviewed 6,366 indictments and rejected just seven. Source: P&C


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