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Nonprofits across South Carolina are hoping today’s Giving Tuesday will fuel generous donations to allow them to keep delivering the services they offer. They say today’s annual day of giving is the kickoff to the year-end charitable cycle. Never heard of Giving Tuesday? Get the explanation here. Here are some local stories featuring Giving Tuesday: WCIV, WCSC

In other headlines:

Folks getting louder about congressional redistricting in S.C. Some are saying the proposed alterations to the U.S. House map favors Republicans for the coastal district, which briefly turned blue for the first time in decades in 2018 before again electing a Republican in 2020. Nonpartisan League of Women Voters also expressed concern that North Charleston should be removed from the 6th Congressional District since it is a distinct community from Orangeburg and parts of Columbia. More: AP News, The Post and Courier

S.C. so far not seeing backups seen at West Coast ports. South Carolina and the rest of the East Coast’s ports have largely missed the shipping backups plaguing the West Coast and dominating headlines as shortages continue. But that doesn’t mean the state hasn’t seen the effects. More: Columbia Business Report

Only a fraction of S.C. Christmas tree farmers remain in business. There are now only 35 Christmas tree member farms in the state association — down from more than 200 a few decades ago. More: Greenwood Index-Journal

S.C. wages war on Bradford pear nuisance. There’s a bounty on the trunk of Bradford pears in South Carolina. The once popular rural Southern tree, iconic for its white Spring blossoms, now finds itself under attack for its invasive qualities. The ban on selling the fruitless trees begins Oct. 1, 2024. More: USA Today

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