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South Carolina had one of its most violent years on record in 2020, increasing the number of murders reported from 457 in 2019 to 571 in 2020, according to preliminary statistics released by the State Law Enforcement Division on Thursday. More: The Post and Courier, The State, Live 5 News

In other headlines:

Charleston’s Amaker among 23 poets laureate to receive grants of up to $50,000. From Charleston to San Mateo County in California, poets laureate are receiving support from a program managed by the Academy of American Poets, and Charleston’s Marcus Amaker was named among them. More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier, Charleston City Paper

Friday’s jobs report to provide insight into worker shortage. Friday’s jobs report will offer a fresh picture of a market in which millions are out of work, but many employers say they are struggling to find applicants. More: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

S.C. Sen. McLeod announces her run for S.C. governor. S.C. Sen. Mia McLeod (D-Richland) says she’s the person who can become the nation’s first Black woman governor, despite the fact that Democrats haven’t been elected to a statewide office in the state in 15 years. More: The State, The Post and Courier, Associated Press

Charleston-area residents to work with port, others to monitor air pollution. A collaboration among residents, the SPA, Palmetto Railways, government officials and the Medical University of South Carolina could help mitigate air pollution in the Charleston area. More: The Post and Courier

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