Headlines Tuesday: Medical Marijuana Comes to SC Senate for Debate

The SC Senate could begin debate this week on a bill to legalize some forms of medical marijuana in the state. The bill has been tossed about behind the scenes at the Statehouse for more than seven years – but lead sponsor, Republican Beaufort Sen. Tom Davis, has remained optimistic about its chances of passing, despite strong and persistent opposition. Following: The state

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State lawmakers are considering using Fed money to improve aging water and sewers. The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority shared a proposal at a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting last week that would allocate federal funds to upgrade the state’s aging water and sewer systems. During this time, The state reports that aging sewage systems led to 1.9 million gallons of sewage contaminating waterways around Columbia in 2019. More: WSPA

Charleston School District outlines plan to close the reading gap. The Charleston County School District wants to use $163.2 million in federal COVID-19 aid to close its reading achievement gap by spring 2027. Post and courier

With the blood supply critical, the donut shop offers an incentive to donate. Krispy Kreme says it will provide a dozen free glazed donuts to anyone who can prove they’ve donated blood from Monday through the end of January. The promotion follows announcements that blood donation groups are facing the worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Meanwhile, MUSC and the families are urging blood donations as supply becomes critical in state. Following: NPR

The Charleston Bridge is still dropping ice bombs years after the problem was discovered. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that spans the Cooper River between Charleston and Mount Pleasant has a problem: When ice storms hit, ice falls from the bridge onto cars crossing the bridge. The state offered to spend $9 million in federal funds to install a de-icing feature, but this was rejected by Federal Emergency Management. Following: Post and courier

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