Asbestos-related deaths are higher in the Charleston-area than the rest of the state, and some S.C. lawmakers are doing what they can to make justice easier for workers affected by exposure, including former shipyard workers. Source: P&C

P&C’s Brian Hicks lays out the facts we know so far in the Charleston County schools’ budget saga, including anonymous confirmation that district officials are looking at their options after ex-superintendent Nancy McGinley seemingly denied any part in the $18 million shortfall discovered soon after her departure. Source: P&C

Meanwhile, as the district looks to slash millions in spending to make up for the surprise deficit, small, specialized schools where per-pupil spending is high could bear the brunt of the cuts. Source: P&C

Charleston police were recently recognized for their handling of the city’s busy entertainment district. Some 16 officers patrol the bar-and-restaurant-heavy area where an estimated 8,000 people visit on a Friday night. Source: P&C

The troubled Charleston Naval Hospital in North Charleston was recently foreclosed on, with lenders claiming $15 million in unpaid debt. Most-recent plans for the property included county offices, which pulled out earlier this month over delays and contractors’ unpaid bills. Source: P&C

A federal judge has approved a $900,000 payout to the family of a man shot and killed by Charleston County deputies while fleeing police in 2013. Source: P&C

Vox explains the ins and outs of the controversial bill banning local anti-discrimination efforts and forces transgender residents to use bathrooms based on the gender listed on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. The bill was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory last week. Source: Vox

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