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The S.C. House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that allows two weeks of early voting and other tweaks to state election laws. The bill now heads to the state Senate. The bill earned praise from Democrats and Republicans alike on the House floor before being passed 110-0. If the bill is passed into law, South Carolina would become the 45th state to allow voters to cast ballots outside of Election Day without an excuse. The state already allows absentee voting, but voters are asked to provide an excuse as to why they can’t be at the polls on Election Day. More: AP News, The State

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New state tool aims to help low-income families with young children. The First Five portal seeks to help low-income families with children five years old and younger to find child care, early education services, health and safety information, early intervention programs, parenting support and food assistance. More: The State

S.C. teacher vacancies highest in 20 years, data show. South Carolina’s teacher shortage is worsening, according to new numbers by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. There were 1,121 teacher vacancies in South Carolina as of February. That’s up from the 1,033 vacancies reported in the fall, which at the time was the most vacancies the state had in 20 years. More: The Post and Courier, WLTX

Charleston church shooter appeals to U.S. Supreme Court. The attorneys for convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide how to handle client-attorney disagreements over mental illness-related evidence. During the trial over the 2015 racist massacre at the Emanuel AME Church, Roof represented himself at times and sought to block any evidence portraying him as mentally ill, especially during his death penalty trial. More: AP News

S.C.’s BMW plant says 200 jobs coming for new parts shop. BMW Manufacturing in Greer says it will spend $200 million to create a stamped-metal body parts shop at its Spartanburg County campus. More: The Post and Courier, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, GSA Business Report

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