About 650 S.C. National Guard troops are in Washington, D.C., this week for the inauguration | Photo by Sgt. Brian Calhoun

650: The number of South Carolina National Guard troops on hand for the inauguration on Wednesday, two weeks after factions of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was becoming official. Source: WYFF-TV

The federal Centers for Disease Control said South Carolina is the worst in the nation for distributing its allotment of COVID-19 vaccines. For his part, Gov. Henry McMaster is reportedly pondering an order to quicken the pace of vaccine administration. Source: ABC Columbia, P&C

MUSC will enlist cancer patients in a federally sponsored research study about marijuana use for relief from symptoms. Source: P&C

Henry Darby, principal of North Charleston High School and a member of Charleston County Council, picked up an extra job at Walmart in recent months to help supplement financial needs of low-income NCHS students. Source: P&C

Meanwhile, “no specific threats” have been reported at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia. Source: WIS-TV