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Students at the American College of Building Arts in Charleston constructed a 1,300-pound pedestal on which an 800-pound statue of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis will rest in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. The monument, part of a traveling exhibit on the way to Washington, was unveiled yesterday in Charleston and will head to Orangeburg soon. It will be on display at S.C. State University until Feb. 11, according to published reports. More: The Post and Courier, WCSC TV, WCBD TV, WLTX

In other headlines:

Senate committee approves Columbia lawyer’s nomination to DHEC board chair. The Senate Medical Affairs committee on Thursday unanimously advanced the appointment of Columbia-area attorney Robert Bolchoz to head the state’s health board. More: Associated Press, The State, WCSC TV, The Post and Courier 

Charleston Place Hotel announces multimillion-dollar renovation. The Charleston Place hotel, under new ownership, will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation that will “reimagine nearly all aspects” of the 434-room hotel, according to a press release. More: Charleston Regional Business Journal 

Charleston’s IAAM gets 3rd donation from Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation is awarding a $500,000 grant to Charleston’s International African American Museum to help defray the startup costs when it opens later this year. More: The Post and Courier, Charleston Regional Business Journal 

Lowcountry groups raising awareness of ‘transit system crisis.’ Charleston nonprofit Best Friends of Low Country Transit and other groups are hosting events to bring awareness to what they call a transit system crisis. More: WCSC TV

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