Biden’s stimulus bill, other plans take center stage after Trump’s acquittal. In a 57-43 vote for conviction, former president Donald Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial, making way for Biden to push to pass a $1.9 trillion relief plan before move on to immigration, infrastructure and other issues, now that the impeachment trial against Donald Trump is over. Source: The New York Times

S.C. considers breaking apart public health agency. South Carolina’s public health workers have come under criticism sine the onset of the pandemic. But, the agency has been underfunded and overworked long before. Source: WCBD TV

S.C. House considers bill to keep churches open during emergencies. A South Carolina House panel plans to review a bill that would confirm churches and other religious organizations to be treated as essential services during a state of emergency. Source: Associated Press

S.C. newspapers coordinate to shine light on corruption across state. Casting a light on questionable government conduct, especially in smaller towns, is the focus of a new project by The Post and Courier and affiliated newspapers. Part of the problem, the news organizations say, is that the closure of small-town watchdog newspapers makes it easier for corruption, graft and cozy spending to flourish. Source: The Post and Courier

Thieves across state stealing cars’ catalytic converters. Thieves around the Columbia area and the state are stealing a valuable piece of equipment from your car’s underbelly — a piece of the exhaust system called a catalytic converter. Source: The State

2.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Summerville. A weak 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded Saturday night in Summerville with a depth of 5.1 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Service. No damages were reported. Source: WCSC TV

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