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President Joe Biden announced Wednesday a plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans for millions across the country. Individuals who make less than $125,000 per year will have $10,000 in loans forgiven, while those who received a Pell grant can receive up to $20,000. The order also extends the payment pause until early 2023.

According to S.C. news reports, about 30% of S.C. residents with federal student loans will have their debts canceled permanently under the plan, which garnered praise and criticism.

In other headlines: 

New law allows nonprofits to provide free glasses to children. Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law a new bill that will allow more organizations to provide free glasses to children. The law allows mobile optometry clinics to visit Title 1 schools and offer free screening, eye exams, fitting and providing students with glasses, with parental consent. McMaster held the signing at an elementary school in North Charleston.

Agencies ask for help in removing abandoned boats on Charleston waterways. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, City of Folly Beach Police, Charleston Police Department and Wounded Nature Working Veterans have worked together to remove around 250 vehicles from Charleston waterways, but at least 50 more and growing still need to be removed. The agencies showed Gov. McMaster Wednesday some of the remaining abandoned boats in the waters. 

Charleston County’s affordable housing plan moves forward. Charleston County Council is slowly moving forward on the plan to transition 995 Morrison Drive into affordable housing for middle-income families and individuals. The surrounding area has seen development for luxury apartments and restaurants.

New apartments may come with I-26 and I-526 interchange. The state Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting Aug. 28 to hear feedback on the upcoming I-26 and I-526 interchange upgrade. The upgrade of the interchange has room to allow more apartment housing developments to take place in the surrounding area.

DHEC reports 10,052 new COVID-19 cases. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 10,052 cases of Covid-19 and 13 deaths across the state. S.C. news reports the state continues to decline in the recorded number of cases. 

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