Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates to now choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause. More: AP News
In other headlines:
Charleston deputies terminated after Black inmate’s death. Charleston County Sheriff Kristen Graziano announced Monday that as part of the internal investigation, Detention Sergeant Lindsay Fickett and Detention Deputy Brian Houle were fired. Body camera footage from a Jan. 5 incident at Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston showed deputies using a stun gun on Jamal Sutherland, 31, and kneeling on his back. He was pronounced dead an hour later. More: ABC News, The Post and Courier, The New York Times
S.C. lawmakers favor transparency, but pet projects abound. A survey of 170 state lawmakers in South Carolina say they want more transparency when it comes to budgeting. In the past five years, there have been at least $104 million set aside for pet projects that many lawmakers didn’t know about. More: Myrtle Beach Sun News
Mississippi case could allow S.C.’s anti-abortion law to go into effect. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it would review a case from Mississippi that challenges long-established legal doctrine that allows a person to end pregnancy before viability of the fetus. More: The Post and Courier
Black food, with roots in S.C., explored in new series, books. A new Netflix series called “High on the Hog” and two new books — one written by pitmaster Rodney Scott — are celebrating American food rooted in the West African slave trade. More: The New York Times (on the series), The Washington Post (on the two books)
To get dozens of South Carolina news stories every business day, contact the folks at SC Clips.