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A retired military medical officer will take over South Carolina’s public health agency. Dr. Edward Simmer was selected to take over the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the state. A Navy veteran, Simmer was deputy chief of the military’s TRICARE Health Plan. Source: The State, P&C

The State headline: “USC professor who was sued three times for sexual harassment removed from classroom”

On Folly Beach, a member of city council is proposing a smoking ban on public beaches and accesses in an effort to cut down on pollution. Source: P&C

Buzzfeed headline: “The next Tea Party is lurking inside Trump’s election results denial”

At a rally for Georgia Republican senators over the weekend, former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley painted Democratic challengers as socialism-crazy leftists who could grab control of the U.S. Senate. “The Democratic Party is not your grandparent’s Democratic Party,” Haley said. Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue both face runoff elections in January. Source: Townhall