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Recipients of Social Security are expected to get a big boost in their benefits in the coming months in an effort to help cover the higher cost of food, fuel and other goods and services.

This cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will be announced today and is expected to be the largest boost in monthly benefit checks in 40 years. The need for the increase is fueled by record inflation and should help cover higher costs of items purchased by seniors on a limited income.

In other headlines: 

USDOT approves advancement of Lowcountry Rapid Transit. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has formally approved the Lowcountry Rapid Transit project to move into the next stages for completion. The LRT is a proposed mass transit system connecting Charleston, North Charleston and Summerville. Related story.

Charleston leaders announce plans for Anson Burial Memorial. The corner of Anson and George streets will be home to the Anson Burial Memorial in the near future, according to media reports. The memorial will commemorate the 36 bodies of Africans, African Americans and Native Americans disinterred during the 2013 renovation of the Charleston Gaillard Center. There is no timeline for completion due to supply chain issues, officials said.

SC-1: Mace discusses bipartisan efforts to decriminalize marijuana. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said President Joe Biden’s pardoning of simple possession of marijuana is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Her recently proposed bill will help more people, she said.

South Carolinian awarded MacArthur grant. Clemson University professor J. Drew Lanham was awarded the Chicago-based “genius grant.” Lanham, 57, is also a poet, an ornithologist, an activist for Black people in nature and the author of a memoir.

Charleston to make ‘nightlife’ parking restrictions permanent. The City of Charleston will soon implement weekend rules for drivers on King Street. Parking on both sides of King Street between Spring and Calhoun streets will be prohibited from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Charleston restaurants face obstacles when opening locations. Restaurateurs in Charleston face a series of hurdles when trying to open a location for diners, including contradictory requests from different departments and waiting for paperwork.

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