A new federal report cites recent data on sea level rise for the nation and South Carolina, revealing that the increase could imperil the coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says sea levels are expected to rise up to a foot across the country by 2050, with more pronounced increases along the East Coast. More: The State
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1940 short film on Gullah religious practices included in archive. Author Zora Neale Hurston filmed “Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, May 1940.” The film has been included in the Black Film Archive, a living register of Black cinema that was started in 2021. Hurston’s short film is included among about 200 pieces, and the archives’ founder Maya Cade said the film showcases her skill for “daring to see the fullness of Black life without translation.” More: The New York Times
Suspect pleads guilty after DNA cracked S.C. cold case. Charles Ugvine Coleman, 66, pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in the March 1976 death of Elizabeth Ann Howell Wilson before his trial started at the Fairfield County Courthouse. The plea was an Alford plea, meaning he doesn’t admit guilt but accepts the punishment of a guilty plea. Under the 1976 laws, Coleman will serve less than nine years before he is eligible for parole. Wilson of Chester was found sexually assaulted, strangled and beaten to death. More: AP News
S.C. House panel discusses bills curbing speech in classrooms. The House Education Committee discussed five bills Wednesday that would restrict what public school teachers can say and teach in their classrooms — from current events, sexual orientation, gender and politics. Republican Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman warned lawmakers: “This is a dangerous path we may be going down and we’ve got to be very careful.” More: WLTX, The Post and Courier, WSPA, WRDW
S.C. House adds roads, broadband as part of $1.8B COVID relief. The South Carolina House passed Wednesday its own version of a plan to spend nearly $1.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money. The plan has just small differences from the version passed in the Senate earlier this week. Both chambers seek to give the Department of Transportation $450 million to replace lost gas tax revenue. The House, however, gave $100 million less to rebuilding water and sewer systems. But it also set aside $400 million to expand broadband internet and $100 million to the Office of Resilience to fight flooding and buy land in areas that frequently flood. More: AP News
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