A new Navy destroyer named for fallen Marine veteran Ralph Johnson will be be commissioned in Charleston in mid-March. Johnson was a 19-year old Marine from Charleston who died in Vietnam in 1968, saving fellow Marines by jumping on a live grenade Source: P&C

$269 million: The total economic impact of the August eclipse in South Carolina, making it the largest single tourism event in the state’s history. Source: Greenville News, AP

Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only health insurance company participating in the federal insurance marketplace in South Carolina, has come out against the latest Republican Obamacare repeal efforts co-authored by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. In a tweet yesterday, President Donald Trump said he supports the ‘Graham-Cassidy’ proposal and would not if it did not include coverage for pre-existing conditions, with Graham retweeting the president calling reports to the contrary “#FakeNews on steroids!” The bill would repeal several portions of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate to carry health insurance and prohibitions against insurers raising premiums on people with pre-existing conditions. Source: NYT, Twitter, Vox


A group of education advocates including former school board member Elizabeth Moffly announced an online petition yesterday that has gathered more than 600 signatures calling for the firing of Charleston County Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait, saying that she has “caused chaos” and has “alienated teachers” in the district. Source: P&C

On Saturday, the Charleston NAACP celebrates its 100th anniversary and will be recognizing local leaders and community advocates at a Gaillard Center gala that will include remarks from former Vice President Joe Biden. Source: P&C