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Charleston’s Ranky Tanky band won its second Grammy Sunday night [watch] as it captured Best Regional Roots Music Album for its Live at the 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival recording. The band includes three graduates from the College of Charleston. The Charleston group won its first Grammy in 2020 in the same category.  See a list of all winners.

“Thank you to everyone that has called, texted, and/or left some sort of message about us winning a SECOND GRAMMY AWARD (still can’t believe it!)” Ranky Tanky member Charlton Singleton this morning on Facebook.  “With that said … y’all boi know that me, Quiana [Parler], and the Charlton Singleton and Friends crew are coming in hot at the show on February 18th at the Charleston Music Hall! Come out and celebrate the “LOVE” with us.”

CP OPINION, Brack: Tweak way of picking S.C. judges

“Complaints about the way judges are picked in South Carolina are nothing new, but when two female appellate judges dropped out of a three-way contest with a male colleague, heads turned and tongues wagged. If the male is elected as expected, despite judicial elections being put off a week by the legislature, the five-member state Supreme Court will be all male for the first time in three decades.”

In other headlines:

“Spy” balloon recovery ongoing after shot down off S.C. coast. In an operation being talked about all over the world, U.S. Navy divers on Sunday worked to recover parts of a Chinese spy balloon shot down Saturday off the S.C. coast after it traversed the North American continent from Alaska. Meanwhile, diplomacy between the U.S. and China — already at a low point — dwindled. Officials said not to touch balloon debris. South Carolina leaders offered reactions here.  The balloon operation shut down Charleston flights for 1.5 hours.

Dems switch first presidential primary to S.C. for 2024.  Upending presidential tradition, the Democratic National Committee on Saturday approved sweeping primary changes that would see the first primary to be Feb. 3, 2024, in South Carolina.  In state political news, a four-person group of Democrats will challenge to run the state party.  Meanwhile, former Vice President Mike Pence will be in North Charleston today.

Prosecutors want maid’s son to testify before jury in Murdaugh case. Prosecutors want the son of a housekeeper to testify in the double murder trial of disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh about how he promised to take care of his family after she died in a fall in 2018. Instead, they say, he stole millions. Friday’s testimony was outside of hearing by the jury as the judge considers whether to allow it.  More of what’s happening in the Murdaugh case. The third week of the trial begins today.

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