The Agenda: A cloudy eclipse?; Debt carried by S.C. colleges growing; 5k+ sign up for Holy Spokes

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Bad news for everyone who's spent the last six months preparing for the August solar eclipse: It may be cloudy. Source: P&C

S.C. is the fifth most dangerous state in the nation for preventable deaths on state roads. Source: P&C

ALSO: About 5,300 people have signed up for Holy Spokes in the first few months of Charleston's new city-sponsored bike share service, spending on average $2.60 per trip. Source: P&C

A new study estimates that deductibles for up to 83% of S.C. health marketplace enrollees could go up by more than $5,000 under a plan proposed by Senate Republicans. State officials worry that some with policies now may choose not to keep their plans or avoid using them. Source: P&C

As state lawmakers cut building project oversight authority and state funding for public higher ed generally, S.C. universities are carrying dramatically more debt than in previous years with no sign of that changing any time soon. Source: P&C

ALSO: A new 10-point state high school grading scale will mean more than 25,000 more students qualify for merit-based scholarships over the next fie years, coming at a cost of $88.3 million from state lottery funds which have struggled to keep up with cost increases. Source: P&C

Column by P&C's Brian Hicks: "Who's to blame for the high cost of higher education in South Carolina?"


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