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In a blockbuster hearing televised nationally Thursday night, the special U.S. House committee looking into the Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, painted a picture of former President Donald Trump’s refusal to stop the riot. The House Panel claimed that the former president chose not to act, and refused to do so until after the riots had subsided. 

The session was also an appeal to patriotism in which leaders and witnesses used the time on national television to outline how they thought the former president had broken his oath of office.

Other takeaways from Thursday’s hearing include agents protecting former Vice President Mike Pence say they feared for their lives, the National Guard’s timing in response and a criminal inquiry into missing texts. 

In other headlines: 

Gilliard says he received threats over assault weapon bill. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, announced he would pre-file a bill that would ban military-style weapons earlier this week. Now, the Charleston Democrat has alerted authorities that he has received numerous threats about his proposal.

Mace uses jacket on House floor in favor of contraception. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-Charleston, recently used her jacket on the House floor in an effort to show support for a bill to protect access to birth control. Mace was one of the eight Republicans to join Democrats in voting in favor of the bill, protecting the right to purchase and use contraception without government restriction.

Monarch butterflies listed as endangered. The orange and black butterflies were recently listed on the endangered species list and considered very close to extinction. Scientists say they are concerned at the species’ current rate of decline, which has seen a decrease in population from 22% to 72% in the past 10 years.

Covid-19 vaccinations not required for 2022-23 school year in S.C. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has updated its required vaccinations for students across the state, including additional chickenpox, polio and hepatitis A vaccines. The new rules do not require the Covid-19 vaccine. However, it is still highly recommended by the Center for Disease Control to get one.

Hotel-apartment combo breaks ground on King Street. A $61 million apartment and hotel condo recently broke ground on King Street. The Roost Apartment Hotel, a 50-unit extended-stay hotel began construction July 21 at the former Dixie Furniture store. The condo will cater to short-term and extended-stay guests.

Charleston leaders working on new disaster plans. The City of Charleston is looking to create a disaster plan specifically tailored for the city that will fit into the already current Charleston County Plan. The plan is expected to help city leaders gain a better understanding of the city and how best to support it during a disaster.

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