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Westinghouse Electric Co. has agreed to pay more than $21 million as part of an agreement with federal officials probing a failed multi-billion dollar project to build two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County.

According to the Associated Press, the company “will contribute $5 million to a program intended to assist low-income ratepayers affected by the project’s failure. Another payment of $16.25 million will be due before July 1, 2022. The company will also be required to cooperate with federal investigators still probing the company’s role in the 2017 debacle, which cost ratepayers and investors billions and left nearly 6,000 people jobless.” More: AP News

In other top headlines today:

COVID-19 cases still high. South Carolina health officials reported 4,205 total cases of COVID-19 Aug. 30, with 3,710 confirmed. A total of 1 new death, was reported Monday, a dramatic drop in both measures from days prior. With 41,229 tests reported, 11.4 percent were confirmed positive. Some 3,500+ students in Dorchester School District Two reportedly are in quarantine. More: Charleston City Paper

Feds investigate S.C., four other states over mask mandate ban. The U.S. Department of Education Monday announced an investigation into five Republican-led states that have banned mask mandates in schools. Federal education officials said the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or certain health conditions. More: Charleston City Paper

Charleston remembers former Rep. Lucille Whipper. Whipper, a longtime community advocate, died Aug. 27. She pushed for social and economic change. More: Post & Courier

135 years ago: Largest East Coast quake struck Charleston. A look at the 1886 earthquake that killed more than 100 people in Charleston. More: Charlotte Observer

America leaves Afghanistan after 20 years. As Americans and troops left yesterday after a 20 year war, questions are now left as Afghanistan starts with a shrouded beginning. More: NY Times

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