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South Carolina senators approved the state’s $10 billion budget for next fiscal year Thursday, spending more time talking about social issues important to conservative members. The budget included providing funding to the State Law Enforcement Division to fight public corruption in light of The Post and Courier’s ongoing “Uncovered” series, but it didn’t include a push to incentivize South Carolinians to get immunized against COVID-19. More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

Initial unemployment claims drop by 1,884 in S.C. this week. Greenville County saw 322 claims filed for the week ending April 24, when 3,037 claims were filed statewide. Nationally, claims fell by 13,000. Source: Columbia Business Report

State lawmakers may extend building permits for years, despite changing coast. South Carolina lawmakers are pondering a move to extend a number of development permits around the state, adding years to state permissions for land disturbance, water pollution, sensitive coastal work and more. Source: The Post and Courier

Pence tests waters for 2024 campaign with S.C. conservatives in 1st speech. Former Vice President Mike Pence put down a marker for a potential run in the 2024 election before an audience in Columbia during his first speech since leaving office. Source: Associated Press, The State, The Post and Courier

Boeing’s newest 737 MAX problem spurs FAA audit. The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing how a minor change in Boeing production led to a new safety issue for the 737 MAX jet, following a nearly two-year grounding. Source: The Wall Street Journal 

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