Charleston businesses ‘optimistic’ for tourist season despite pandemic setbacks. Charleston business owners and hospitality leaders say they hope to see a long-awaited growth in tourist travel to the city after losing billions in estimated tourism dollars last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: WCSC TV

Biden’s stimulus plan dealt near-fatal blow by U.S. Senate. The Senate parliamentarian said President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package’s provision to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour violated budgetary rules on what can and cannot be included in the package. The ruling is a critical defeat for Democrats’ bid to preserve Biden’s stimulus bill. Source: The New York Times

S.C. lawmaker to file bill allowing Trump to be buried on Statehouse grounds. A South Carolina Republican lawmaker said he is filing a bill that would allow former President Donald Trump to buried on the grounds of the state Capitol if Trump is banned from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Source: Associated Press

McMaster’s executive budget gives more money for education. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster wants to expand access to full-day 4-year-old kindergarten programs for Medicaid-eligible children. This has been a process for South Carolina legislators for seven years, as they promised back then to fully fund the program. Source: Greenwood Index-Journal

Bills to allow electric chair executions in S.C. advance. Two bills moving forward in the state General Assembly that would bring back the electric chair could speed up long-delayed executions of death row inmates. Source: Greenville News