On this day in 1968, state troopers fired on a crowd of mostly Black student protesters in Orangeburg. The bullets wounded 28 people and killed three. The event became known as the Orangeburg Massacre and is seen as a moment in civil rights history. Today, S.C. State students will march in memory of the incident. Also in the works is preserving the All-Star Bowling Lanes, the segregated bowling alley near where students gathered decades ago that sparked the protest. More: AP News, The Orangeburg Times & Democrat
In other headlines:
Shipping delays through S.C. port expected to continue. S.C. Ports Authority official Michael Hoffman told business leaders at OneSpartanburg’s Voice of Business Brunch that supply chain disruptions and delays in logistics nationwide are expected to continue through early 2023. More: The Post and Courier
Slavery defender’s statue could find new home soon. The statue of segregationist and former U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun that once towered over a downtown Charleston park is still without a permanent home after being removed from its perch nearly two years ago. A deal, announced Monday, appears to be in the works to move the statue to the State Museum in Columbia even as a lawsuit challenges the statue’s removal from the park. More: AP News, The Post and Courier, WCSC, WPDE
Medical marijuana in third week of debate in S.C. Senate. The issue over whether to allow the dispensing of medical marijuana for certain conditions in South Carolina is still taking priority on the floor of the S.C. Senate. There could be some late nights this week as proponents of the bill try to bring the issue to a vote. More: WRDW, Anderson Independent Mail, The State
Gas prices jump 9 cents a gallon in South Carolina. Drivers in South Carolina are paying an average of 8.6 cents more per gallon of gas than they were last week, according to Gas Buddy. The average gas price in the state stands at $3.15 per gallon, 15.7 per gallon higher than a month ago and 94.2 cents higher than a year ago. Think that’s bad? Well then take a look at your grocery bill: Avocado prices have doubled and blueberry prices are up 45% in the last year. More: WCSC
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