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State Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell filed bills to close loopholes in the state’s legal system and make it easier for sexual assault survivors to come forward. The bills are being called a “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights” and would create a new crime–rape by fraud–and would reclassify date rape drugs as Schedule II. Source: AP

The Navy’s newest combat ship, the USS Charleston, will be commissioned in March. It cost $440 million, is 400 feet long, has a top speed of 46 mph, and is the sixth ship named after our fair city. Source: AP

On Monday morning, stray gunfire damaged Comcast’s network in North Charleston, leading to outages across the Charleston area until 4 p.m. Source: P&C

Congressman Joe Cunningham has invited Tim Goodwin, the mayor of Folly Beach, to attend the State of the Union as his guest. Goodwin is a choice that backs up Cunningham’s platforms: bipartisanship and environmental conservation. Source: P&C

Mount Pleasant and Charleston County officials have potentially come to a deal that would widen the bottleneck in Highway 41, alleviating some morning traffic potentially years ahead of schedule. This would be a stop gap until the larger road plan is finalized and begun, which include designs that would bisect neighborhoods and one that would run through a county park. Source: P&C