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President Joe Biden will speak today to December graduates of S.C. State University, alma mater of his friend and important political ally U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. On Thursday, Biden also presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat, to three soldiers, including South Carolina native Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, 32, an Army Ranger who died after stepping between Taliban fighters and a U.S. helicopter evacuating wounded in 2018 in Afghanistan. More: Associated Press, WYFF, The State, SC Public Radio 

In other headlines:

Midwestern utility executive tapped to lead Santee Cooper. The board of Santee Cooper approved Thursday the hiring of Jimmy Staton, who currently leads Kentucky-based gas company Southern Star Corp., as the utility’s next president and CEO. More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier 

Town of James Island to request $6.4M in state, federal funds to stem creek contamination. The Town of James Island will be requesting millions of dollars in state and federal grants to fund a project designed to make a local creek safer to swim. More: WCSC TV

S.C. House committee meets on congressional redistricting maps. New maps for U.S. House seats released by a South Carolina House committee differ significantly from boundaries drawn up by the Senate. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV, The State 

CCSD could reinstate mask requirements for schools. The Charleston County School District’s Board of Trustees says masks could be required in all schools and buildings in January. More: WCSC TV

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