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Two of the Lowcountry’s largest hospital systems had different kinds of big news Wednesday. 

Elected officials and hospital executives from Roper St. Francis made a formal announcement about the hospital’s future home in North Charleston and claimed it would become a central part of the Lowcountry. The health care company is in the final stages of a 27-acre parcel in North Charleston, which includes the old North Charleston City Hall.

“I don’t think we could have picked a more central location that will be easier for our patients to access,” said Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor. “We’re meeting our patients where they are by building this new medical campus.”

Meanwhile, the Medical University of South Carolina and Shriners Hospital for Children announced a partnership for continued pediatric burn care for children of the Lowcountry. MUSC and Shriners each contributed $3 million to a new pediatric burn unit.

“I think it’s going to provide many more resources, family support, and help us with cross pollination of ideas,” said Dr. Steven Kahn, South Carolina Burn Center director and chief of burn surgery.

In other headlines:

Charleston’s Ranky Tanky earns 2023 Grammy nomination. Charleston Gullah band Ranky Tanky earned its second Grammy Award nomination for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Ranky Tanky previously won Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 2020 Grammys.

IAAM blessed by faith leaders ahead of January opening. Dozens of faith leaders from North America and Africa came together Nov. 16 for a Blessing of the Water and Sacred Ground service at the new International African American Museum. The museum is slated to open Jan. 21, 2023.

Newly-elected Berkeley Co. school board makes major changes at first meeting. Upon its first meeting with three brand new members, the Berkeley County school board fired superintendent Deon Jackson and hired a new one that same meeting. The new board also discussed critical race theory and said it will provide guidelines on what teachers can and cannot teach. Some lawyers say the firing and replacement of the superintendent were done illegally, while activists criticized the board’s decision on CRT. 

GOP captures slim majority to take over U.S. House. Republicans formally won 218 seats in the House to capture the chamber’s majority after a week of counting votes. The chamber now flips from Democratic control to GOP control, but the margin is much closer than predicted before the election. As of this morning, Republicans controlled 218 seats to the Democrats’ 211 seats. There are six seats that are still undecided. At present, the GOP has a net gain of six seats, too, according to The New York Times.

Some leading Republicans try to ignore Trump’s announcement. Former President Donald Trump announced a presidential bid for the 2024 election. However, some Republicans didn;t take too kindly to the announcement and  insisted there were more pressing legislative matters — and that they needed to deal with the party fallout of performing less impressively in the midterm elections than predicted. Meanwhile, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster endorsed the former president’s campaign. 

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