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Shoppers looking for holiday deals are flocking to stores and online retailers today as “Black Friday” starts the 2021 shopping season. Retailers say some items are in short supply, due to supply chain issues, but encourage shoppers to shop local to find area goodies to fill stockings and stuff under trees. Extra troopers and police are on state roadways to ensure safety as millions travel during Thanksgiving. More: The New York Times, WCBD TV, The Post and Courier, The Washington Post 

In other headlines:

Lanes open in work zones; extra troopers on state roads. Construction crews have stopped closing lanes and state troopers are stepping up enforcement to help travelers in South Carolina over the long Thanksgiving weekend. More: Associated Press, WCBD TV

Three men found guilty of murder in killing of Arbery. The three white men who chased down and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging through their Georgia neighborhood last year, were all found guilty of murder charges. More: National Public Radio, WCSC TV, Charleston City Paper, The Washington Post, Associated Press

Charleston records 90% vaccination rate among city employees. The city of Charleston, South Carolina says almost all of its employees have complied with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy ahead of a deadline this week. More: Associated Press 

S.C. Christmas tree farmers expect high demand, high prices. Christmas tree farmers believe sales will be strong this year, but they also say the price will be higher because of increased fuel, labor and shipping costs. More: The Post and Courier

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