Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday the coronavirus’ omicron variant is not as serious or deadly, so there is no need to shut down school or businesses amid the record number of cases being reported. The state reported more than 10,000 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on back-to-back days this past weekend — a level never seen even in the sharp peaks of the winter and summer of 2021. More: Charleston City Paper, AP News, WCBD, WYFF

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Earthquakes befuddle experts as S.C. shakes again. Two minor earthquakes shook near Elgin on Wednesday. The 2.6 and 1.5 magnitude quakes became the ninth and tenth shakers in a series recorded since Dec. 27. The state typically records about 20 small earthquakes every year, and most of those are usually near Summerville. While experts are stumped on why the sudden activity in the Midlands, they also say it is not likely “leading up to” a bigger event. More: AP News, WYFF

Once unified behind Trump, Republican lawmakers in S.C. break after Jan. 6. Jan. 6, 2021, proved a fracturing event for some Republicans in South Carolina. South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice voted to impeach the president, a vote he’s still grappling with. Meanwhile, 11 so far from South Carolina have faced charges of participating in the riot. More: The State

Summer food program seeks S.C. sponsors. S.C. government agencies, school districts and private nonprofits are being sought to provide summer meals to children through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer food service program. More: Columbia Business Report

Google selects South Carolina for undersea fiber project. In seeking an East Coast site to launch an underwater cable that will stretch from North to South America, Google selected the Grand Strand as the ideal location for its “Firmina” venture. More: Charleston Regional Business Journal

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