COLUMBIA - South Carolina's bridges are moving on up.

Pouring $50 million into replacing and repairing the state's old bridges now has South Carolina's percentage of substandard bridges at 21 percent, down from 23 percent during the two previous years.

The Post and Courier's Robert Behre reported that about 1,828 of South Carolina's 9,200 bridges are considered substandard. North Carolina and Virginia's bridges are not fairing off better with 31 percent and 26 percent, respectively, substandard bridges.

The issue with bridges is one to watch, with roads being a major topic of discussion among South Carolina's politicians. Many, including Gov. Nikki Haley, have talked about finding sources of revenue for the state's crumbling roads and bridges.

Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Murrells Inlet, called on Haley to release her roads funding plan before the election, after she announced earlier this month she would present a plan in January. One of Haley's challengers, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen, recently shared with reporters his road funding plan.

And House Minority Leader Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced earlier this month as well that he plans to introduce legislation during the coming session to allow well-regulated, upscale casinos in the Myrtle Beach area, and use the tax money generated by them to fix South Carolina's roads and bridges.

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Charleston VA employees report they were told to falsify appointment data (The Post and Courier)

Some schedulers at Dorn changed appointment dates (The State)

S.C. broadens its definition of sexual exploitation (The Post and Courier)

Panel: Improving rural education is key to helping poor communities (The Post and Courier)

Rift widening between Zais, state education boards (The State)

What Does the Future Hold for Embattled Steve Benjamin? (Free-Times)