S.C. closer to passing hate crime law, one of the last 3 states without one. South Carolina is one of three states that doesn’t have a hate crimes law. But earlier this month, a bill that would remove the state from that short list passed easily through the House. Source: The Post and Courier

Colleges looking to open in fall after valuable lessons learned during pandemic. When Citadel cadets went home for spring break last year, they were told to pack up their computers and books because the ordinarily week-long vacation might last a little longer. Source: Charleston Business Journal

S.C. Republicans hold brief hearing on expanding voting. A bill that would expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the Republican-dominated legislature Thursday. Source: Associated Press

Lowcountry cannabis farmers see bright future in S.C. BrightMa Farms, a Black-owned “ag tech” operation in Berkeley County, is developing hemp solutions for the state’s farmers. To do so, it is partnering with HBCUs, businesses and nonprofits. Source: The Post and Courier

Charleston to become first S.C. city to join heat-mapping project this summer. Two scientific investigations this summer will aim to track heat in Charleston and map which parts of the city are the most searing. Source: WCSC TV