Tuesday Headlines: First Lady Visits Charleston Hospital, Base
In the closing days of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, First Lady Jill Biden visited the Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston on Monday. She later stopped at Joint Base Charleston to congratulate the crews on their role in one of the largest humanitarian airlifts in history at the end of the war in Afghanistan. More: AP News, The Post and Courier, The State
- Less than 20% of federal aid to HC has helped people stay in their homes. The federal government has sent South Carolina $ 272 million to help with rent assistance in the state, but so far less than 20% has been spent to help those behind on rent. As of May 2021, the SC Stay program has received more than 30,000 applications and has approved assistance of approximately $ 34 million. One program official said part of this came down to the fact that most applicants did not have the proper paperwork and some owners did not want to participate in the program. More: WBTW
- The state utility seeks to reduce fuel costs. Santee Cooper said this week that he expects his fuel costs to exceed the 2021 budget by $ 130 million. This is the latest price spike to occur in the country. More: Post and courier
- The lawsuits say the jailed lawyer could be hiding millions. Three separate civil lawsuits against Alex Murdaugh seek independent representatives to take control of his money and other assets, claiming the ailing lawyer is hiding millions of dollars. Murdaugh has been under investigation by state police since his wife and son were found shot dead this summer. This case gave rise to other cases, including several civil cases. More: AP News
- Rising tides could threaten SC’s oyster farming tradition. As sea levels rise, experts worry about the future of the oyster in South Carolina, an industry that affects both recreational fishermen and restaurants. More: The State
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