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The State Ports Authority said delays in construction of a rail yard serving its container terminals will drive up costs. The projected increase, however, was not disclosed publicly during a March 24 meeting. State lawmakers included $200 million for the rail project in this fiscal year’s budget and are expected to OK the remaining $200 million in the next budget. An additional $150 million would be used for a barge system that would move cargo containers by water from the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant to the rail yard in North Charleston. More: The Post and Courier 

In other headlines:

S.C. Senate debates private school choice for poorer students. The S.C. Senate’s debate on a bill that would give some students money so they could pick a private school or public school outside their district will continue into next week. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV

Rooftop, retail development reshaping West Ashley. West Ashley development near Bees Ferry Road has been dominated by multifamily growth — a trend the city of Charleston planning director Christopher Morgan said wasn’t expected when development began. More: Charleston Regional Business Journal 

Dominion Energy seeking rate hike, citing $142M fuel costs. Dominion Energy is seeking a rate hike for S.C. customers after an annual review of costs of transportation and buying fuel found around $142 million under-collected in fuel costs. More: Associated Press

Wadmalaw residents seek reversal of permit allowing “destruction” of wetlands. Wadmalaw Island residents are looking to ask DHEC to overturn a permit they say threatens the habitats of several native animals to freshwater wetlands. More: The Post and Courier 

Downtown Charleston employees seek more affordable parking. As part of the City of Charleston’s renovation of the Low Battery Sea Wall project, parking was reduced from free parking to six-hour parking. More: WCSC TV

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