Tis the season for precautions: Midlands Santa Claus takes pandemic in stride. Patrick Faulds of Columbia has spent 38 Christmases as Santa Claus, but this is the first year he’s worn a face mask. Source: The State

Moratorium efforts against offshore oil, gas to return. A Pawley’s Island resident said he wanted to see moratoriums banning oil and gas exploration and banning seismic activity along the Atlantic coast, but he fears that both state and federal action would be needed in order for any effort to be effective. Source: Charleston City Paper

S.C. Corrections seeking $100M to fix long-term facility problems. The Department of Corrections is asking for an additional $193 million for its 2021 budget, more than half of which would go toward deferred maintenance on facilities. Source: The State

S.C. prisoners could earn free college degrees thanks to new program. Some prisoners in South Carolina will have the opportunity to attend college courses free of charge under a new program thanks in part by the South Carolina Dept. of Corrections. Source: Associated Press

Pandemic deal by Congress provides economic relief, for now. A $900 billion relief agreement has been reached, likely sparing millions of Americans from a winter of poverty and keeping the country from slipping back into recession. But, the package may have come too late to prevent any lasting damage to many families and businesses, according to an analysis by The New York Times reporters. Source: The New York Times

Supreme Court could have final say over Boeing dispute. An engine fire on a 787-9 Dreamliner delivered to air carrier Virgin Atlantic is at the center of an international legal dispute that seems bound for the Supreme Court. Source: The Post and Courier