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The death sentence of convicted murderer Dylann Roof in the 2015 racist slayings of nine worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston doesn’t merit review by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal prosecutors argued in a brief filed Thursday.

According to the Associated Press, lawyers with the U.S. Department of Justice argued that “Roof ‘fails to identify any meaningful disagreement in the lower courts’ over how his legal representation played out at trial.” Roof’s attorneys have asked the court to take up the case, including a request to decide how to handle disputes over evidence related to mental illness.

In other headlines: 

Emanuel Nine Memorial to possibly get funding from city. The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation has received $12 million in donations for the Emanuel Nine Memorial project. Charleston City Council will soon consider providing an additional $2 million toward the project. The Foundation estimates the memorial will cost a total of $20 million.

The pandemic set back a decade of progress in education. Recent test scores from 9-year old children have revealed that the pandemic has significantly impacted a decades’ worth of progress in reading and math. These setbacks could have serious consequences for an entire generation of children.

S.C. named one of the states with highest student loan debt. South Carolina has been named one of the top states with the highest numbers of student loan debt in the country by an analyst at the Scholarship Institute. South Carolina ranked No. 5 with an average of $38,915 in student debt.

CCSD announces new administrative promotions. Charleston County School District announced two new promotions within its administrative team this week. Vanessa Denney has been promoted as the new interim executive director of communications, a position that hasn’t been filled since CCSD’s former chief of staff Erica Taylor, who served from 2012 to 2016. Taylor is now suing the district for breach of contract. Barrett Reese was promoted to Denney’s former position as principal for Early College High School.

SCDOT gets $190 million in funding. The South Carolina Department of Transportation recently received an additional $190 million in federal funding for upcoming road projects. SCDOT said the money will be used on prioritized interstate, bridge, and safety projects that are already underway. 

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