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With a polarized Congress unable or unwilling to work together to make difficult choices, President Donald Trump has stepped in and issued executive orders extending urgently needed federal benefits and legal protections to the unemployed and people facing eviction.

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Airbus has offered to give up loan subsidies from Spain and France for the Airbus A350, which competes directly with the Boeing 787 assembled in North Charleston. The company said this gesture should settle the long-running Airbus-Boeing dispute over illegal government subsidies and that the…

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Three spaceships are headed to Mars, including one containing a U.S. rover and a helicopter that will search for signs of past life on the Red Planet. SpaceX just successfully brought home two astronauts from the International Space Station in a reusable capsule that splashed down on Sunday.…

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Your average person doesn’t get a visit from the mayor as she prepares to celebrate a 92nd birthday, but Christine Jackson isn’t your average person: She’s one of Charleston’s most significant civil rights leaders.

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A 200-acre parcel along the upper Ashley River that the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust recently put under an easement will ensure the small but important piece of land remains in its natural state to do what it does best: filter runoff draining into the river and help support a variety of …

Charleston County passed a historic preservation ordinance in 2018 and appointed the first members of its new preservation commission last year. An issue that came before commissioners last month — a proposed natural gas line through the county’s largest historic district — shows what a good…

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Disasters such as the coronavirus pandemic speed up trends already in progress, and that should be perfectly clear to anyone who has tried recently to drive out to the Isle of Palms to spend time on the beach. Under emergency auspices due to COVID-19, the City Council undertook a draconian a…

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It’s time to start paying close attention to what comes swirling across the Atlantic, because meteorologists say hurricane season 2020 will be more active than normal — look  at Tropical Storm Isaias, which could affect South Carolina as soon as Monday — and any evacuations will be complicat…

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President Donald Trump is soon expected to sign a far-reaching public lands bill that for the first time will permanently and fully fund the 55-year-old Land and Water Conservation Act at $900 million per year and provide $9.5 billion over five years for maintaining national parks.

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In the age of COVID-19, the Congress has been spending breathtaking amounts of money in ways we never would have imagined: sending $1,200 checks to everyone it can find an address or bank account number for, providing larger unemployment checks than the paychecks they replaced, doling out bi…

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Anyone who still doubts the struggles that the pandemic has created for many in the Charleston region should show up at 9 a.m. Friday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

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The novel coronavirus has led the federal government to run up the national debt at an unprecedented rate. The numbers are mind-numbing but essential indicators of our economic health.

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Sending kids to school two days a week would solve a lot of the problems pediatricians identified when they warned that children's physical and mental health also were at risk if we don’t get them back in the classrooms this fall, but it won't solve them all, and it could plunge families into financial turmoil. The Charleston County School District says it can bring students back five days a week in at least half the schools; it needs to make changes to hold five-day classes in a lot more schools.

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The fire that gutted a front-line Navy ship in San Diego last week will leave the military with fewer options for deploying vertical-landing F-35Bs in the Pacific region and weaken the United States’ ability to maintain navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea.

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Coal-generated electricity is on its way out, and it’s clear environmental groups will apply whatever pressure they can to hasten its demise. But that doesn’t excuse the state Department of Health and Environmental Control for failing for years to properly monitor and regulate pollutants and…

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South Carolina’s lone law enforcement academy in Columbia closed in March because of the pandemic and just reopened last week at about half capacity. The backlog of new hires awaiting the Criminal Justice Academy’s required training is now around 300 statewide.

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