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Retired military doctor confirmed as S.C. health agency’s new director. The South Carolina Senate hired Dr. Edward Simmer, a retired military doctor, Thursday to be the new director of the state’s beleaguered health and environmental agency. Simmer’s nomination to run the Department of Health and Environmental Control was approved 40-1 by the Senate. Source: Associated Press

S.C. legislators considering open-carry bill. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give some people the ability to openly carry guns in South Carolina, as activists work to honor survivors of gun violence this week. The Palmetto State is one of only five states in the country without legislation that allows some form of open carry. Source: WCSC TV

S.C. to receive $9M share of the McKinsey $600M settlement over opioid crisis. South Carolina will receive nearly $9 million as part of a multi-state settlement with McKinsey & Company for its role in a nationwide opioid crisis. The global consulting firm McKinsey & Company agreed to pay nearly $600 million. Source: The Post and Courier

S.C. lawmakers advocate for hate crime bill as hate groups increase presence in state. The number of hate groups in South Carolina have increased since 2015 according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. State lawmakers say that’s more of a reason for the state to pass hate crime legislation. Source: WCSC TV