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South Carolina is preparing today for a smash of freezing rain, ice and perhaps some snow in parts of the state. The forecast has many schools closed or offering remote learning. Municipal offices may be shut. Drivers are being urged to stay off roads. Crews have begun pretreating the roads and bridges, including the Ravenel Bridge, to prevent a dangerous situation for drivers on the road, and SCDOT crews are laying salt or sand down to help with roadway conditions. More: Associated Press, WCBD TV, WCSC TV, The State, The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

S.C. Senate passes U.S. House plan with little changes, protecting GOP advantage. The South Carolina Senate on Thursday approved a new map for the state’s U.S. House seats, with a significant shakeup to the 1st Congressional District that some groups have called “blatant gerrymandering.” More: Associated Press, The State, The Post and Courier

Custodians in short, but not critical, supply at Lowcountry schools. It’s all hands on desk for school districts around the Lowcountry as a number of schools have gone virtual because of staffing shortages and that includes support staff like custodians. More: WCSC TV

McMaster’s State of the State under discussion at Statehouse. SC Gov. Henry McMaster used his fifth State of the State speech to the General Assembly this week to repeat calls for some long-time goals, and some of the more pressing issues are now up for discussion by legislators. More: SC Public Radio, WCBD TV, Charleston City Paper 

City of Charleston reviewing rules for home businesses. If you run a home business or have ever visited a home business in the city of Charleston, and it wasn’t run from completely inside the house, it’s technically not allowed. More: WCSC TV

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