Tuesday headlines: SC murder, assault rates rise

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South Carolina’s murder rate has increased by more than 52% in the past five years, according to new crime figures from the State Law Enforcement Division. The report points out that statewide murders fell from 452 in 2019 to 552 in 2020. The report also suggests that 2020 saw the highest rate of aggravated assault since 2011, at 42.8 residents of SC in 2020 out of 10,000 victims of aggravated assault, up from 45.8 in 2011. More information: The State, the post and the courier

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Exchange I-26, I-20 could be penalized with an infrastructure bill of 1T dollars. The US House on Monday passed the $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill, and it could bring billions of dollars to the state, including work underway at Columbia’s “Malfunction Junction.” Meanwhile, fixes began for the exchange this week, disrupting traffic across the state. More: The State

The state school board group is leaving the national group after the GOP push. The South Carolina State School Boards Association is withdrawing its membership in the National School Boards Association after appeals from Republican state lawmakers, who were dizzy when the national group asked for help from the federal government in dealing with threats against members advice. More: The State

The legal battle for the Biden vaccine mandate begins. GOP-led states Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Utah are among the plaintiffs in the Louisiana case, where a federal court temporarily blocked the federal vaccine mandate or test intended for private companies. This decision launches a legal battle to determine the survival of the order. More: Politics

How the 1619 project became a political battleground. Republican lawmakers from South Carolina to Idaho have proposed laws echoing the language and intent of national Republicans bristling with The New York Times‘Award-winning 1619 project, which linked today’s racism to the early adoption of slavery by the country. Next week the Times will publish a book expanding the magazine issue 2019. More: The New York Times

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