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U.S. President Joe Biden in a White House speech on Thursday demanded lawmakers respond to the growing wave of gun violence across the country by passing far-reaching restrictions on gun ownership and sales. Bidn acknowledges that he could be joining a long list of presidents who have demanded action only to fail. More: The New York Times, Associated Press, The Washington Post 

Meanwhile, longtime Charleston community members have been less-than impressed by Mayor John Tecklenburg’s proposed action on gun violence. Local pastor Thomas Dixon said the mayor’s eight-step action plan doesn’t address the root of the problem: economic opportunity gaps and a poor education system. More: Charleston City Paper

In other headlines: 

$63M settlement ends two lawsuits by SCANA shareholders. SCANA Corp. shareholders were awarded $63 million in a settlement related to the value of the company after the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project and the subsequent merger with Dominion Energy. Shareholders will split $42 million based on the numbers of shares they have. Attorneys get a third of the judgment. More: The Post and Courier 

Democratic candidates challenging McMaster set for debate ahead of June primary. Former congressman Joe Cunningham of Charleston and state Sen. Mia McLeod of Columbia, the top Democrats in the five-way gubernatorial contest say they’re fighting to flip two decades of Republican control and set a new course for South Carolina. More: The Post and Courier, WCBD TV, WCSC TV

Lowcountry could see damaging winds Friday due to cold front onset. An approaching cold front could usher in damaging winds Friday across the Midlands and Lowcountry. More: SC Public Radio

Charleston’s poet laureate Amaker set to pass baton. The City of Charleston’s first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker has announced his service in the role is coming to a close after six years. More: The Post and Courier 

Five children hospitalized after being found unconscious in North Charleston vehicle. North Charleston Police say five children have been hospitalized after being found nonresponsive in a vehicle that is believed to have malfunctioned. More: WCSC TV

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