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State and local officials are warning anyone who makes hoax emergency calls to schools about active shooters would be prosecuted. A wave of spoof calls occurred all over the state Wednesday in more than a dozen school districts.

Calls impacted districts from Charleston, Beaufort and Horry counties to Richland, Newberry, Chester, Lancaster, Greenwood and Greenville counties, officials said.

Gov. Henry McMaster criticized the hoaxes as disruptions of learning: “People are trying to get the children educated and live their lives and have successful days, and to have something like this thrown into it is unnecessary and just ridiculous. And it’s a crime.”

In Charleston, Democratic state Reps. Wendell Gailliard and Marvin Pendarvis said anyone accused of making false calls to law enforcement officers of active shooters would be prosecuted.

In other headlines: 

TONIGHT: Harambee’s “Origin” show is a homecoming. Tickets are still available for this MOJA Festival dance performance tonight that is an act of coming home for two Charleston natives who operate dance studios in New York and Atlanta.

Charleston to launch a program to help minority-owned businesses. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has launched a new program to help minority-owned businesses thrive by providing access to resources businesses may need like mentorship from financial advisors. Applications for the program are now being accepted by the chamber.

Stall High School opens English language acquisition school. R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston opened the “school within the school” to help the growing needs of newly immigrated students who need help learning English. The program was created to help bridge the gap between native English and non-native English-speaking students in schools.

Hilton Head moves forward with 6-lane bridge. For months, residents have opposed the 6-lane bridge project spanning from Hilton Head to Bluffton without an independent consultant who can study the plans. However, in a 4-3 vote on Tuesday at a Hilton Head Town Council meeting, the plan is expected to move forward.

Contaminated river site in Moncks Corner planned for redevelopment. Carver Maritime purchased three DuPont parcels along the Cooper River to help clean and redevelop the contaminated area.

Sustainability fueled Charleston development. Design firm SeamonWhiteside revealed that the Morrison Yard Apartment complex in Charleston’s upper peninsula was designed to support sustainability and be environmentally-friendly. The 4.6-acre complex plans to include elements such as rain gardens and pervious pavers, to create a low-impact, eco-friendly project.

IRS extends taxpayer deadline in S.C. The Internal Revenue Service announced that South Carolina residents and businesses now have until Feb. 15 to file their taxes. The extension comes as a response to Hurricane Ian.

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