U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee from South Carolina, on Sunday signaled support for U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Child of Columbia, who reportedly is on a shortlist to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

“I can’t think of a better person for President Biden to consider for the Supreme Court then Michelle Childs,” Graham said in an interview with CBS on Sunday. Graham said he considered Childs to be a fair-minded and highly gifted jurist and one of the “most decent people” he’s ever met. Childs also has the support of U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the South Carolina Democrat in the U.S. House leadership. More: The Washington Post, The State, The Post and Courier, Associated Press, Face the Nation

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S.C. cities, counties sharing up to $410M in landmark opioid settlement. Communities across the Palmetto State are set to get financial relief from drugmakers as part of a multibillion-dollar, nationwide settlement. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston, N. Charleston police departments picked for Dept. of Justice training. The Charleston and North Charleston Police Departments have been selected to participate in a public safety partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. More: WCSC TV

S.C. Senate marijuana bill discussion to go into another week. The South Carolina Senate debate on medical marijuana is going into another week after the chamber took up Sen. Tom Davis’, R-Beaufort, bill Wednesday and Thursday and adjourned without a vote. More: Associated Press

CCSD bolsters pay for substitute teachers as Omicron surge continues. Substitute teachers in the Charleston County School District can now make up to $150 a day to help offset the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston city councilwoman speaks out after mask ultimatum. Newly elected Charleston City Councilwoman Caroline Parker is speaking out against how the city applies its mask mandate after she was given an ultimatum during Tuesday’s city council meeting. WCSC TV

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