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The state Senate has approved a new floating state holiday that would allow state employees to take off Juneteenth — or any other day — instead of Confederate Memorial Day. The proposal, which would cost no state money, now heads to the S.C. House. According to the Associated Press, “Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers told enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, that they were free. It was two months after the Confederacy surrendered and more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.” More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier 

In other headlines:

S.C. judge helped Murdaugh hide assets, threatened public trust, lawsuit alleges. A prosecutor has accused Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen of using her position to help disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh hide details about his insurance coverage and finances during the investigation against him. More: The Post and Courier, Daily Mail, The State 

Support for Ukraine found throughout state in rallies, murals, statehouse. Several rallies in cities across South Carolina gave residents and leaders a chance to vocally show support for Ukraine during the ongoing conflict with Russia. Elsewhere, graffiti murals and legislation sought the same. More: WCSC TV, The State, The Post and Courier, Charleston City Paper

S.C. hits record high for number of vacant teacher positions, report finds. Teacher vacancies have reached a record high, surpassing a record set just a few months ago, according to the Center for Educator, Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement. More: The State, WCSC TV

CCSD school board may take superintendent search national. The Charleston County School Board is considering using an outside firm to perform a country-wide search for the district’s next superintendent. More: The Post and Courier 

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