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Charleston’s International African American Museum (IAAM) announced Thursday former Mayor Joe Riley is limiting his duties on the board of directors, allowing him to step down from committee duties, but to participate on an at-will, at-needed basis. In an op-ed in a local newspaper, Riley said the first series of occupancy permits have been issued, allowing museum staff to begin occupying the building, installing exhibits and preparing for the first visitors.

“This is, indeed, a landmark moment in a long journey,” he wrote. “It took time to raise the resources, assemble the team and plan every detail that would enhance the experience of being here. And it took time because we have been committed to excellence.” More: The Post and Courier, WCSC TV

In other headlines: 

Drone-delivered contraband on the rise in S.C. prisons. Criminals are more often taking to the skies with drones to deliver drugs, lighters, weapons and more to inmates at state prisons, leading to a reimagining of the fight against contraband for the state Department of Corrections. More: WCSC TV

State opts out of Santee Cooper’s plan to build gas power plant. South Carolina’s electric cooperatives won’t help state-owned utility Santee Cooper to replace an aging coastal coal-fired plant with a natural gas-generating unit. Officials said they want to to explore other replacement options. More: The Post and Courier 

Lowcountry leaders hold crime bill rally at Statehouse. Activist groups, community leaders and shooting survivors took to the Statehouse steps to hold a rally and bring awareness to the state senate’s failure to pass the Clementa C. Pinckney Hate Crime Bill. More: WCBD TV

Charleston’s CARTA to offer free services in May. The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) on Thursday announced the start of a new initiative aimed at encouraging new ridership on the city’s public transportation service through May. More: The Post and Courier, Charleston City Paper 

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