U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina has tested positive for the coronavirus. Clyburn, 81, announced Wednesday he is fully vaccinated with a booster and has no symptoms. The announcement comes a week after President Joe Biden visited South Carolina State University. Biden, who reportedly was exposed to the virus last week while traveling back from the state, has tested negative. More: AP News, The State

In other headlines:

  • S.C. is the fifth fastest-growing state from 2020 to 2021. According to the latest population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, data from April 2020 to July 2021 suggests that the state’s population increased by 72,280 people, a 1.4% increase, bringing the total to nearly 5.19 million. The increase places South Carolina behind Idaho (3.4%), Utah (2%), Montana (1.8%) and Arizona (1.7%) and tied with Delaware (1.4%). The remainder of the top 10 fastest-growing states are Texas (1.3%), Nevada (1.3%), Florida (1.1%) and North Carolina (1.1%). More: Florence Morning News
  • With more people on S.C. roads, troopers ask folks to slow down. The S.C. Department of Public Safety says it is increasing its enforcement efforts after a busy year of traffic deaths and wrecks. More: WSAV
  • USC presidential search goes quiet as folks push for keeping Pastides. Harris Pastides just can’t seem to stay retired. After being tapped as interim president of University of South Carolina, the former president is now being pushed to keep the position for another year as the USC presidential search goes quiet. More: The Post and Courier
  • S.C. House releases proposed congressional map that further splits SC-1. Two proposed maps of changes to South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District have been released by the S.C. House to reflect changes in population growth in South Carolina. Both proposals break up SC-1 and move large parts of Charleston into SC-6, a move that some have called gerrymandering to protect the Republican incumbent in SC-1. More: WCBD
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