COLUMBIA - Incentives played a role in bringing a Singapore-based company to South Carolina, something governors once shied away.

The Post and Courier's Jeremy Borden and Tyrone Richardson noted Sunday part of the deal Giti and the state struck to bring an estimated 1,700 jobs to Chester County, includes a $35.8 million closing fund that will help officials ready the site of the plant for construction.

Despite its distance, Giti is expected to have an effect on the Port of Charleston, which has already benefited from the increased shipments of steel coils and other materials for the tire production of Bridgestone and Continental.

Other statewide news:

Former S.C. state trooper fights for medical marijuana (The Post and Courier)

State's DUI laws can make convictions difficult (The Post and Courier)

Paternity acknowledgements vary widely across state, data shows (The Post and Courier)

S.C. rail plan rolling down the tracks (The Post and Courier)

Graham: Border problem is humanitarian (The Greenville News)

How Hugh Leatherman became SC's most powerful politician (The State)