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Volvo’s South-Carolina-built EX90, the all-electric successor to its best-selling XC90 sport-utility vehicle, will make its public debut Nov. 9. It will be, its CEO says, the company’s safest vehicle yet.

“The safety standard of our next car will be beyond any Volvo car before,” CEO Jim Rowan said in a recent video. 

The EX90 is reportedly the start of Volvo’s transition to all-electric vehicles. The South Carolina plant in Berkeley County is planned to be slated to produce only EVs by 2030. 

In other headlines: 

Hiers removed from national most wanted list. Former Charleston police officer Dan Hiers, who has been on the lam for 17 years, has officially been removed from the U.S. Marshals Service’s list of the top 15 suspects they’re pursuing. Hiers is still wanted, but was removed from the list to make room for more priority criminals.

S.C. law expands kinship care. Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law the expansion of its kinship law, which is when a loved one cares for a child when their parent is not able to do so, to now include “fictive kin,” which refers to those who are not related to the child by birth, adoption or marriage, but have a significant relationship with them.

Nonprofit to hold discussion about Charleston school board elections. Charleston nonprofit Charleston Forum is holding a virtual discussion Sept. 28 to discuss what it takes to be on the Charleston County School Board. Nine seats for the school board are currently up for grabs.

Charleston nonprofit celebrates a year helping moms. Postpartum Support Charleston is a nonprofit that helps new and experienced moms battling mental illness through programs such as yoga, gardening, art therapy and care package deliveries for those who choose to not go out.

Charleston County library moves forward with 2 renovations. The Village Library in Mount Pleasant and John Dart Library downtown will close in October to undergo extensive renovations. The renovations will redesign the building to fit the growing needs of the community, said Toni Lombardozzi, the Charleston County Public Libraries’ Project Manager.

Dorchester Paws halts intakes. The shelter announced that it paused its intake policy due to overcrowding in the building. To help alleviate the pressure, Dorchester Paws has called on the community to help foster or find homes for the animals.


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