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Charleston County Council has approved a budget of $7.3 million to create more green spaces and parks across the county as part of the greenbelt program. It protects land from development by purchasing it outright or by buying the rights to prevent development on privately owned land. The program is funded by the voter-approved half-cent sales tax dedicated to road construction projects.

Some projects include a 440-acre park-and-trail system and an expansion of the Botany Bay Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area.

In other headlines:

S.C. port dispute could affect labor union. A labor dispute at the Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston could affect a training center benefiting one of the unions that provide workers for the Port of Charleston. The finance committee of Charleston City Council held up a grant that would help the Longshoremen’s Association build a training center.

Animal group raises more than $80K in Rescue Brew beer contest. Charleston Animal Society raised more than $80,000 in its annual Rescue Beer brew festival. The festival highlights two spokepets to be the face of the organization’s 2022 Rescue Brew and a Vienna Lager beer from Palmetto Brewing Co.

Charleston employees to see paid family leave in 2023. All Charleston city employees will have paid family leave for the first time starting next year. Employees are currently protected by federal policies to take time off, but employers aren’t required to pay. The policy is included in the 2023 budget for a Dec. 8 vote.

S.C. sheriffs want higher pay as agencies see rise in vacancies. Sheriffs across the state are looking for an increase in deputy pay to help encourage open positions to be filled. Some sheriffs say deputies are leaving their positions for higher paying jobs with police or private security.

Service union seeks to inspire labor movement in S.C. Over 100 service workers gathered Friday in Columbia to launch a new union and try to boost labor organizing across the South. The Union of Southern Service Workers hopes to win remedies for what it sees as a common set of grievances across a region historically hostile to unions. 

Laffitte claims to not know he was helping Murdaugh steal money. Former bank CEO Russell Laffitte testified he was responsible for handling the checks that disbarred lawyer Alex Murdaugh used to steal from clients, but did not know he helped play a role in the scheme until years later.

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