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  • A South Carolina gun store owner faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after police say he shot a worker in the face in an attempted prank. Coastal Firearms owner Jon Whitley was arrested Monday on the charge nearly a month after the death of Stefan Mrgan. News outlets report that authorities found Mrgan inside the store's lobby with a gunshot wound to his lower face on Nov. 2. A police affidavit states Whitley placed a replica Glock BB gun among real firearms in the store with the intent of pranking Mrgan. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says Whitley mistakenly picked up and fired a real gun at Mrgan instead.
  • A South Carolina mother is suing a day care operator after a worker was caught on camera grabbing a toddler by the arm and swinging him into classroom furniture. Ashana Odom's lawyer, Justin Bamberg says this is the second time he's helped parents sue The Sunshine House after a worker has been charged with child neglect. He says the facility's track record shows the childcare company needs to shut the Aiken center down.
  • In the event of an unexpected death, professionals advise calling 911 first.
  • Democratic senators say they want more information about how staff members came up with the proposed new maps for U.S. House seats before they can support them. The new maps didn't make wholesale changes in South Carolina's seven U.S. House districts. The biggest changes are around Charleston where more white and likely Republican voters were moved from the majority Black 6th District represented by Democrat Jim Clyburn and into the 1st District represented by Republican Nancy Mace. Joe Cunningham, who in 2018 became] the only Democrat to flip a U.S. House seat in South Carolina in 35 years, says the maps looked like they were drawn by a partisan hack trying to assure Republicans win.
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In their book, Justice Deferred - Race and the Supreme Court (2021, Belknap Press), historian Orville Vernon Burton and civil rights lawyer Armand Derfner shine a powerful light on the Court’s race record—a legacy at times uplifting, but more often distressing and sometimes disgraceful. Justice Deferred is the first book that comprehensively charts the Court’s race jurisprudence.

The Supreme Court is usually seen as protector of our liberties: it ended segregation, was a guarantor of fair trials, and safeguarded free speech and the vote. But this narrative derives mostly from a short period, from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Before then, the Court spent a century largely ignoring or suppressing basic rights, while the fifty years since 1970 have witnessed a mostly accelerating retreat from racial justice.

On this week's edition of Walter Edgar's Journal, Burton and Derfner tell many of the sometimes-surprising stories behind the Supreme Court’s rulings.
Latest SC Lede Episodes
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    This edition of the South Carolina Lede for December 4, 2021 features: analysis of the current redistricting maps before state lawmakers; an update on the status of legal challenges against federal vaccine mandates; a break down the Twitter fight this week between Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA); and more.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 30, 2021, features the latest on the Omicron variant of COVID-19, a look at the candidates running to fill the late Hugh Leatherman's state senate seat, analysis of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, and more.
The Latest Episodes of the SC Business Review
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    Several years ago our next guest opened his own real estate appraisal company. Then the challenges resulting from the pandemic brought him to create a mobile app for appraisers and homeowners. Prior to the pandemic he was also co-owner of a restaurant and that experience led him to launch a new restaurant concept. He holds a Master of Science of Real Estate and Infrastructure from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America. Mike Switzer interviews Paul Ryll, owner of Oscar Mike Appraisal Group and Parsley & Mint restaurant in Greenville, SC.
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    If you’ve lived in South Carolina for any length of time, the odds are you’ve tried boiled peanuts. That is our official state snack, after all. Our next guest’s company is attempting to capitalize on that fact and the snack’s popularity but also by emphasizing the health benefit. Mike Switzer interviews Lauren Marcinkoski, CEO of Luray Peanut Company, in Bluffton, SC.
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South Carolina Public Radio News Updates
This year, Walter Edgar's Journal celebrates 21 years on the air by offering encore episodes from our vault. On November 10, Dr. Bernard Powers joined in a virtual celebration of the Journal at 21, a conversation driven by questions from our listeners.
Watch the Zoom event Celebrating the Journal at 21
Listen to the Journal encores here...
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Walter Edgar's Journal delves into the arts, culture, history of South Carolina and the American South.

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