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Population hot spots show growth across South Carolina. Rapid population growth, once a coastal phenomenon in South Carolina, is spreading to towns and cities throughout the state, bringing greater challenges, and plentiful opportunities. Source: P&C

Coronavirus vaccines showing promise in early testing phases. Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna are developing vaccines for the coronavirus that, if cleared, will be among the first on the market using messenger RNA technology. A trial for a third vaccine from AstraZeneca is also showing promise. Source: Greenwood Index-Journal

South Carolina’s new lawmakers make the legislature more diverse. Women will have grown their ranks from four to five in the state Senate, a chamber historically dominated by men, come January, comprising almost a tenth of the Senate’s membership. Source: The State

Joe Biden fills out economic team. President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate a team of liberal and centrist economic advisers to serve alongside the planned Treasury Secretary nominee, Janet Yellen, as he readies himself and his administration to confront the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Wall Street Journal

Holiday season ‘crucial’ for local businesses. Local shops along King Street are coming together to put small local businesses on the forefront of the holiday season following a tough year for owners in the Lowcountry. Source: WCSC TV