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S.C. House to talk Santee Cooper, Senate abortion this week. Both chambers in the S.C. Statehouse have long-awaited and likely contentious bills on their calendars this week. The Senate could debate a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state, while the House is set to discuss letting a special committee of lawmakers seek new bids to buy state-owned utility Santee Cooper. Source: Associated Press

Second attempt at new flag design revealed to public. A team of historians has taken another swing at developing a new state flag design for South Carolina after their first try was widely met with criticism and mockery to the point of the design having to be scrapped altogether. Source: The Post and Courier

S.C. lawmakers could reinstate yearly teacher pay increases. S.C. House members will have a new joint resolution before them when they return to the floor this week that would retroactively give teachers their step increases, as well as reinstate annual raises after them having been frozen at the onset of the pandemic last year. Source: WSPA TV

Boom in cargo demand resulted in container ship shortage. The coronavirus has created an unprecedented surge in cargo flowing into Charleston’s port and other sites across the country, leading to a shortage of space on container ships and vessels available for charter. Source: The Post and Courier

Cannabis companies gearing up to move forward. Farmers and processors in the cannabis industry are betting on more rapid paths opening up to full federal legalization and a pickup in deal making now that Democrats are in control of the U.S. Senate. Source: The Wall Street Journal