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  • Across South Carolina, gardeners and farmers are searching for food security solutions from small-scale farms to hospital campus gardens.
  • Periods of heavy rain are expected across the Palmetto State this week. Local flooding is possible, and accumulations should help to prevent the proliferation of drought conditions.
  • Tuesday, South Carolina's primaries will end with one of only two statewide runoffs determining who will challenge Republican incumbent Senator Tim Scott for the opportunity to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.Author and preservationist Catherine Fleming Bruce narrowly emerged as the Democratic nominee frontrunner during last week’s primary, receiving 34.69 percentage of votes while challenger, current South Carolina state Representative Krystle Matthews, earned 33.24 percent.
  • The South Carolina General Assembly is returning to Columbia on Tuesday to consider nearly $53 million in local projects that Gov. Henry McMaster wants out of the $13.8 billion state budget. All the money went toward items put in by lawmakers for local concerns, like $25 million to help pay for a quantum computer facility in Columbia, $7 million for a cultural welcome center in Orangeburg and $500,000 to improve the stadium at Summerville High School. McMaster says he allowed projects where lawmakers detailed exactly who got the money and where it was going.
  • South Carolina's primaries end Tuesday with only two statewide runoffs, one for each party. Republicans will choose their candidate for the open Education Superintendent office, while Democrats choose their nominee for U.S. Senate to take on incumbent Tim Scott as he seeks a second full term. There also are six state House runoffs. Only one involves incumbents. Democratic Reps. Roger Kirby and Cezar McKnight were drawn through redistricting into the same district that stretches across three counties but is centered in Williamsburg County.
  • The new law lets health care providers refuse nonemergency care that conflicts with their religious, moral or ethical beliefs. Supporters say it protects doctors, nurses and medical students from being forced to violate their conscience. However, critics call the law a license to discriminate, especially against LGBTQ people.
(Nov. 11, 2008) World War II veteran Harry J. Thomas, right, stands with Brig. Gen. Brett T. Williams, during the singing of the national anthem at a Veterans Day ceremony at the 18th Wing headquarters at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.
Ryan C. Delcore, U.S. Navy, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In 2020, Maj. General (Ret.) William F. Grimsley became South Carolina's first Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs. From the beginning, Grimsley and his staff have defined the purpose of the new Department of Veterans’ Affairs as leading and enabling “a state-wide coalition of partners to create and sustain an environment in which Veterans and their families can thrive as valued and contributing members of the South Carolina community and the Nation.”

Grimsley talks with Walter Edgar about how the Department strives to achieve that purpose and the way it is expanding and building partnerships to do so.
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    Gavin Jackson
    June 25, 2022 — Reaction from prominent South Carolina lawmakers to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down Roe v. Wade; the latest on the bipartisan gun violence recently passed by Congress; reporting on the Palmetto State's new medical ethics law; and more.
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    Engin Akyurt
    June 21, 2022 — A look at the $13.8 billion state budget passed by lawmakers last week; updates about inflation and interest rates; the latest news regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for young children; and more.
The Latest Episodes of the SC Business Review
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    We often hear about carbon sequestration as an effort to combat climate change and our next guest says it’s important for our state to participate in these rapidly emerging carbon markets, such as paying landowners for carbon sequestered by their trees. Mike Switzer interviews Mac Rhodes, managing member of Essex Farms in Charleston, SC.
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    When we were down at Daniel Island earlier this year to cover the Credit One Charleston Open women’s professional tennis tournament, we were intrigued by an ice cream cart we saw that was selling what appeared to be fried chicken. Of course, it was actually ice cream but in the shape of pieces of fried chicken. Upon further investigation we discovered that the owner of this business is a six-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef and now she’s an entrepreneur. Mike Switzer interviews Cynthia Wong, founder of Life Raft Treats in Charleston, SC.
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