COLUMBIA - South Carolina has once again ranked among the worst states when it comes to the welfare of children.

The Post and Courier's Amanda Kerr noted in a story of an annual report by a national foundation found that 27 percent of the state's children lived in poverty in 2012.

Data showed 72 percent of fourth-graders in the state were not proficient in reading, while 69 percent of the state's eighth-graders were not proficient in math. Only 13 percent of black children are reportedly proficient in fourth grade reading and eighth grade math.

Gov. Nikki Haley was successful this legislative year with an education spending plan that provides more money for reading coaches. And Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, also pushed through the Read to Succeed Act, which targets third graders who are deficient in reading.

In other news:

NAACP, Denzel Curnell's stepfather call for focus on police 'stop-and-frisk' policies (The Post and Courier)

Lindsey Graham says U.S. must go after Putin's money (The Greenville News)

Sheheen: roads plan sets $500 million annual goal (The State)

S.C. job picture distorted, expert says (The Greenville News)

Spartanburg County voters will decide on Sunday alcohol sales (The Herald-Journal)

FMU earns top honors as 'Great College to Work For' (The Morning News)