S.C. has $346M to help with rent, utility bills. The pandemic-driven recession has caused financial hardship for many, for more than a year, and countless renters have fallen behind on their bills. Unpaid rent, and utility bills, have put many families at risk. And those unpaid rents have also caused pain for landlords, who still have mortgages, taxes and insurance policies to pay. Source: The Post and Courier

Minnesota officer shoots Black driver, protesters clash with police. A young man pulled over for a traffic violation died after being shot near Minneapolis, where Derek Chauvin is on trial over the death of George Floyd, sparking a new round of protests. Source: The New York Times

Ex-cop Slager’s defense attorney may testify about getting 20-year sentence wrong. A rare dispute between a prominent S.C. lawyer and an equally prominent federal judge in a high profile case involving the fatal shooting of an African American man by a white policeman will air publicly Monday in a Charleston County federal court. Source: The State

Five weeks remain in South Carolina’s regular legislative session. Proposals to enhance hate-crime penalties and let people publicly carry a handgun without a permit were among bills clearing a legislative deadline with five weeks left in the regular session. Source: The Post and Courier

Business owners say reopened market is light at the end of the tunnel. Businesses and buyers alike welcomed the opening of the essentials farmers market, especially after last year’s shutdowns halted both city tourism and in-person business. Source: WCSC TV