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State Circuit Judge Jocelyn Newman on Tuesday did not block two executions set for later this month as she considers a lawsuit over the state’s new capital punishment law. It forces condemned prisoners to choose to die by either the electric chair or firing squad, even though the latter option is not currently available. The judge’s Tuesday ruling would let the planned executions proceed even though the attorneys for the two prisoners on death row argued that the men shouldn’t be executed while the lawsuit is pending. More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier, The State, Greenville News

In other headlines:

S.C. employment agency partners will colleges to help unemployed workers receive job training. South Carolina is spending $8 million to offer free access to workforce training programs for people who are unemployed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More: The State, GSA Business Report

Average Charleston wages barely outpace inflation over last decade. The limited wage growth in Charleston has experienced in the past decade is more startling when you consider that Charleston is now the second most expensive metro area in the region. The Post and Courier

Santee Cooper survives nuclear project fiasco as public company. South Carolina’s state-owned utility, Santee Cooper, has had an uncertain future since July 2017, when halted construction before the completion of a nuclear project left the company billions in debt. More: SC Public Radio, The Post and Courier 

Charleston Co. Council holds public hearing to make Phillips Community a historic district. One of the few surviving African American settlement communities in Charleston County may become the county’s first historic district. More: WCSC TV

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