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ESPN reported Monday night that South Carolina’s men’s basketball team’s next coach is Chattanooga’s Lamont Paris. Paris takes over from Frank Martin, who was fired last week. The school has not officially confirmed the hiring, and any hire would need approval from the university’s board of trustees to be official. The hiring comes amid the women’s team making the NCAA’s Sweet 16. More: AP News, The State, The Daily Gamecock

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Tidelands Health celebrates 0 COVID hospitalizations. For the first time in two years, Grand Strand hospital system Tidelands Health reported zero COVID-19 hospitalizations. While Monday’s milestone doesn’t mean the battle with COVID-19 is over in the state, Tidelands Health workers say it gives them hope that there are brighter days ahead. More: WISTV

Two years ago, tourism in S.C. felt the first impacts from COVID. As the novel coronavirus began its spread throughout the state and nation two years ago, South Carolina began seeing its first major tourism closures around that same time — upending one of its most vital economic sectors. More: The Post and Courier

S.C.’s Graham bemoans Biden pick, laments Kavanaugh treatment. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said the liberal left won when South Carolina’s own federal judge J. Michelle Childs wasn’t picked as President Joe Biden’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. The remarks came amid the first day of Senate Judiciary hearings mulling the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Justice Stephen Breyer. Graham also said Jackson can expect not the be “villified” the way Trump pick Brett Kavanaugh was several years ago after allegations of sexual misconduct and assault surfaced. More: NPR, The State, The New York Times

Port sees 12th consecutive month of record volume. The S.C. Ports Authority has moved more than 1.87 million 20-foot equivalent container units in fiscal year 2022, leading to a record 12th consecutive month of record volumes. More: Charleston Regional Business Journal

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