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South Carolina senators approved a bill Thursday, 28-16, allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in the open. The proposal would see residents joining 45 other states who can carry handguns openly in public, an idea that has frustrated gun-control advocates and top law enforcement leaders. More: Associated Press, The State, SC Public Radio

In other headlines:

Some see potential for Santee Cooper sale, complicating reform measures. The S.C. House is insisting the state keep accepting offers to sell Santee Cooper, leaving the fate of a bill to overhaul the state-owned utility down to the wire. More: Associated Press

Charleston police working to build relationships through student chats. Charleston area students and police officers have been participating in guided conversations aimed at bridging the gap between the police and their communities. More: The Post and Courier

South Carolina bill allowing firing squad execution set to pass. State lawmakers have voted to add the firing squad as an alternative to the electric chair or lethal injection, with the drugs used for capital punishment in short supply. More: The New York Times

Biden frames infrastructure debate as a choice between investments in family or tax breaks for wealthy. President Joe Biden in a 40-minute address in Louisiana railed against attacks on his $2 trillion plan which would undo tax cuts for corporations, upgrade electrical grids and water systems and help speed Americans to a future where most cars on the road are electric. More: The Washington Post

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