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U.S. House passes Clyburn’s fix for ‘Charleston loophole’ closure. The U.S. House passed U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn’s, D-S.C., bill to enhance background checks for gun purchases in a 219-210 vote and a defining moment in Clyburn’s political career. This was his fourth time introducing the bill since Dylann Roof gunned down nine Black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Source: The Post and Courier

Chauvin facing additional third-degree murder charge in trial for Floyd death. The judge overseeing the trial of Derek Chauvin, already facing a second-degree murder charge for the death of George Floyd, allowed prosecutors to add an additional third-degree murder charge against the former officer. Source: The New York Times

Biden signs $1.9T stimulus bill into law; stimulus payments coming as soon as this weekend. President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package into law Thursday. Some stimulus payments could be delivered this weekend. Source: The Washington Post

Protections for S.C.’s LGBTQ community stripped from hate crime bill. A panel of South Carolina lawmakers stripped explicit protections for members of the LGBTQ community out of a hate crimes bill which was advanced by members of the House Thursday. House leaders said limiting the bill’s scope would help ensure it is able to make it through South Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature. Source: The State, City Paper

CofC documentary to examine school’s role in slavery. A College of Charleston documentary is part of the school’s effort to come to terms with its past and forge a more inclusive environment for people of color and the historically marginalized. Source: The Post and Courier