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After years of inaction and three weeks of recent debate, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday passed a measure that would allow limited medical marijuana use for certain conditions. A final procedural vote will occur before the measure is sent to the House floor for consideration. Longtime Columbia insider Gov. Henry McMaster said it was “premature” to say whether he would back the bill that has kicked around the back halls of the Statehouse for seven years and that he’d “have to see what is in the bill.” More: AP News, The Post and Courier, The State

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S.C.’s Childs would be among the most unconventional top court nominees. J. Michelle Childs is a Black woman jurist, and also a product of public universities such as University of South Carolina. She would be one of the most unconventional nominees to the Supreme Court to date. And while she’s seen as a long shot for the nomination, she’s earning praise for her bipartisanship and humble ascent. More: The New York Times

Former ‘American Idol’ star charged in fatal DUI wreck. Caleb Andrew Kennedy, 17, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of driving under the influence resulting in death, South Carolina authorities said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in a private driveway in Spartanburg County. More: AP News, The State

State agency to invest $11.5M in tech education programs. The S.C. Department of Education will invest $11.5 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds in technical education for South Carolina students, according to a Feb. 9 announcement by S.C. Education Superintendent Molly Spearman. More: The Post and Courier

Federal agents to help probe cause of fire at Charleston complex. The Charleston Fire Department has requested federal help in investigating a fire that destroyed 56 apartments in a West Ashley complex earlier this week. More: The Post and Courier

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