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State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said she regrets not speaking out about reopening plans. Bell wrote in a June email that she was "really disappointed" that Gov. Henry McMaster's staff made it seem that by not challenging the governor, the Department of Health and Environmental Control was on board with the reopening plans, specifically about reopening restaurant dining rooms. Source: The State

Medieval Times and NASCAR given exemptions on gathering restrictions. Officially, gatherings of more than 250 people are banned during the coronavirus pandemic. However, at least 71 events have been given waivers to draw larger crowds, including NASCAR's Southern 500 race in Darlington. Source: AP

Charleston County encrypts radio communications, watchdog cries foul.
Charleston County law enforcement officials reportedly spent $825,000 to encrypt their radio communications, sparking concerns about transparency. Source: P&C

S.C. Ports' new terminal scheduled to open in March. The newest Charleston-area terminal, located on the old Navy Base in North Charleston, is scheduled to open in March. It is the first phase of a six-year, $2-billion project that will double Charleston's local port capacity. Source: AP

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