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The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it has a more relaxed Covid-19 protocol. Now, those exposed to the virus no longer have to quarantine. The new guidelines also place less emphasis on contact tracing and social distancing.

The shift in guidelines places a focus on individuals more than schools, businesses and other institutions to prevent the spread of the virus. The new recommendations are thought to signal the Biden administration has decided the number of people vaccinated or already exposed to the disease has put fewer people at-risk of hospitalization or death. 

Meanwhile, South Carolina doctors continue to urge parents to get their children vaccinated and some school districts across the state have announced their own Covid-19 protocols for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. 

In other headlines: 

Judge rules video of fallen horse not defamatory. A Charleston judge has ruled the Charleston Animal Society and supporters did not defame a Charleston horse carriage company by a video that showed the “collapse” of a carriage horse in 2017. The defamation suit was filed in 2018. Animal advocates lauded the win as a victory for free speech and community advocacy.

Boeing doubles donation to IAAM. Charleston’s International African American Museum announced that Boeing has doubled its financial donation to the museum. An IAAM said the donation will be used to help children experience the educational aspects of the museum for free and help support the organization’s larger goals and missions.

Charleston wins $7M grant for Lowline design. A downtown Charleston park  has received $7 million from the federal government to plan and design the Lowline project. The park project, inspired by New York City’s High Line, would cover 1.7 miles as it cuts under the overpasses for Interstate 26. 

McMaster sues feds over workplace fines. Gov. Henry McMaster recently filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over a new rule he thought to be an overreach of power. The new rule would require the state to more than double its fines for workplace violations.

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