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Almost 100,000 South Carolinians lost power Sunday as winter snow and ice blasted the Midlands and Upstate in a storm that shut down roads and iced power lines across the region. As of 8 a.m. today, about 31,000 South Carolinians remained without power, according to poweroutage.us.

The storm had little impact along the coast, but the Midlands town of Saluda got 13 inches of snow, according to one report. Forecasters say the winter weather may not be over either — another storm is headed this way by the weekend. More: The Washington Post, WCSC TV, The State, The Post and Courier, SC Public Radio, Associated Press

In other headlines:

Ex-provost Amiridis is new USC leader after long, tough search. The University of South Carolina on Friday named former professor and provost Michael Amiridis as its new president, turning toward a familiar person to end another problematic search for the school’s next leader. More: Associated Press

Peeler in control of state spending in year with record funds. The senator newly holding South Carolina’s purse strings in a year the legislature has unprecedented amounts of cash is known by his colleagues as a frank-talking, hard-working leader who’s been preparing for the role for decades. More: The Post and Courier 

Millions in public funds could go to private schools if voucher plan passes. A school voucher plan that would allow South Carolina parents to use the public school dollars allocated for their child on a variety of private educational expenses is expected to receive serious consideration in the Legislature this year. More: The State

Charleston beer entrepreneurs looking for room to expand. Island Brands, a Charleston-based beer brand that credits its birth to a Cuban vacation, could soon live up to its name with an expansion to a pair of island nations in the Caribbean. More: The Post and Courier

Warming shelters to open across Charleston County Monday. The City of Charleston says because of the cold weather several warming shelters will be open throughout Charleston County on Monday. More: WCSC TV

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