The Agenda: SC ballots in jeopardy after legal battle; McMaster says biz relief may be ‘final chance’


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South Carolina could disqualify a record number of votes due to signature requirement back and forth. After fighting over the witness signature requirement, civil rights lawyers say South Carolina officials could disqualify a record number of votes unless voters are given a chance to cure — or address issues — with their ballot. Source: The Intercept

McMaster says new small business grants may be the ‘final chance’ for pandemic relief. Talking to small business owners in Charleston, Gov. Henry McMaster said for those applying for two new CARES grants meant for nonprofits and minority owned small businesses to hurry up, as it may be the “final chance” to get relief. Source: P&C

State’s chief resilience officer to guide flood plan. A new South Carolina law could help the state become more resilient and prepared for frequent flooding linked to climate change. Source: Pew Trusts

U.S. officials announce voter registration hack, blame Iran for emails meant to intimidate voters. In a hastily called press conference, U.S. officials including FBI Director Christopher Wray, said that both Russia and Iran had accessed voter data, and that recent intimidating emails some voters received were actually from Iran. Source: AP

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Before You Go: Charleston schools prep rapid COVID tests; 1,297 COVID-19 new cases

Heath Ellison

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,297 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, with 13 additional confirmed deaths. With 7,375 tests reported Tuesday, 17.6% were positive. As of 2:47 p.m. Dec. 1, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: Confirmed cases in S.C.: 205,004 (+1,297)Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 20,052 (+60)Negative tests in S.C.: 2,419,820Deaths in S.C. […]

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Before You Go: Charleston schools prep rapid COVID tests; 1,297 COVID-19 new cases

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,297 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, with 13 additional confirmed deaths. With 7,375 tests reported Tuesday, 17.6% were positive. As of 2:47 p.m. Dec. 1, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: Confirmed cases in S.C.: 205,004 (+1,297)Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 20,052 (+60)Negative tests in S.C.: 2,419,820Deaths in S.C. […]

Charleston holiday, boat parades canceled this year

Charleston’s customary holiday parade, and the annual boat parade have been canceled this year due to coronavirus concerns. The parades typically draw crowds along downtown streets, and to the harbor’s edge to watch festively decorated vessels pass by. According to The City of Charleston, the number of spectators drawn to watch the spectacles, and the […]