Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, an Army Ranger from Summerville, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor from President Joe Biden on Thursday, along with two other members of the U.S. Army. The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves, at the risk of their own lives, above and beyond the call of duty. Celiz died after stepping between Taliban fighters and a U.S. helicopter evacuating wounded in 2018. More: AP/South Carolina Radio Network, The State, WCBD, The White House
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How the federal transportation package will benefit S.C. Roughly $6 billion is headed to South Carolina from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Biden. The money should come into the state over the next five years, improving federal roads, reducing emissions and upgrading transportation systems. More: Spartanburg Herald-Journal
James Brown estate sold after 15 years of infighting. Legendary soul and funk singer and S.C.-born James Brown died 15 years ago, sparking litigation over who owned a right to his estate. Brown sought to leave the bulk of his estate to scholarships for needy children. Now, his former South Carolina mansion in Beech Island in Aiken County could follow in the footsteps of a Graceland-like museum as Primary Wave Music buys the assets of his estate and control over Brown’s name and likeness. More: The New York Times
Brain of ex-NFL player who killed 6 in Rock Hill to be tested. Former football pro Phillip Adams gunned down two grandparents, their two grandchildren, and two HVAC technicians working in a Rock Hill home in April before he turned the gun on himself. Adams’ family agreed to test his brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease linked to head trauma. The coroner will release results today of the test. More: AP News
Judge sets bond of $7M for Murdaugh. Hampton County attorney Alex Murdaugh, who has been accused of a slew of mostly financial crimes after his wife and son were found shot dead outside their home earlier this year, blamed his problems on a 20-year addiction to opiates Monday during a bond hearing. Circuit Judge Alison Renee Lee set bond at $7 million, which must be posted in its entirety for Murdaugh to go on house arrest with electronic monitoring and other conditions. More: AP News
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