The NAACP and ACLU are suing the state of South Carolina saying newly drawn state House maps discriminate against Black people by diluting voting power and that lawmakers are taking too long to approve new maps for U.S. House districts. More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

  • S.C. ports agency preps for growth in frozen, chilled cargo. The growth of frozen and refrigerated cargo at the Port of Charleston has the State Ports Authority working with developers to build new or expand existing cold-storage warehouses in the region. More: The Post and Courier 
  • Most Charleston-area industries saw recovery from COVID in 2021. A year that many thought would bring economic challenges due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic turned out to be a financial boon for many of the Charleston area’s top industry sectors. More: The Post and Courier 
  • Paid experts help exonerate police after deaths in custody. Experts that intersect with law-enforcement-friendly companies that train officers and write policy form what often amounts to a cottage industry of exoneration. A dozen or so of these individuals and companies have collected millions of dollars over the past decade. More: The New York Times
  • Summerville shopping center sells for nearly $26M. Another Charleston-area shopping center recently changed hands at nearly twice the price paid for it eight years ago. More: The Post and Courier