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The S.C. Senate could begin debate this week over a bill that seeks to legalize some forms of medical marijuana in the state. The bill has been kicked around in the back halls of the Statehouse for more than seven years — but lead sponsor Beaufort Republican Sen. Tom Davis has remained optimistic about its chances of passing, despite strong, lingering opposition. More: The State

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State lawmakers look at using fed money to upgrade aging water, sewers. The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority shared a proposal during a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting last week that would allocate federal funds toward upgrading aging water and sewer systems in the state. Meanwhile, The State is reporting that aging sewer systems led to 1.9 million gallons of sewage contaminating waterways around Columbia in 2019. More: WSPA

Charleston school district outlines plan to close reading gap. Charleston County School District wants to use $163.2 million in federal COVID-19 aid to close its reading achievement gap by spring 2027. More: The Post and Courier

With blood supply critical, doughnut shop offers incentive to donate. Krispy Kreme says it will provide a dozen free glazed doughnuts to anyone who can prove they donated blood from Monday through the end of January. The promotion follows announcements that blood donation groups are facing the worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Meanwhile, MUSC and families are urging blood donations as the supply gets critical in the state. More: NPR

Charleston bridge still hurls ice bombs years after problem discovered. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge that spans the Cooper River between Charleston and Mount Pleasant has an issue: When ice storms strike, ice falls from the bridge onto cars cross the bridge. The state has proposed spending $9 million in federal funds to install a de-icing feature but it was rejected by Federal Emergency Management. More: The Post and Courier

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