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Now the news from the past week.
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The coronavirus outbreak effectively brought session to a screeching halt last month, leaving debates over education, the state budget and whether to sell the state's public utility,
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The order, which started Wednesday and lasts 15 days, applies to thousands of businesses across the state.
Those businesses include gyms, spas, nightclubs, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo parlors, waxing salons, massage centers, fitness centers, bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, indoor children's play areas, theaters, planetariums, museums and tourist attractions.
But it's not the only new rule McMaster recently put in place.
Friday, he directed the state's
The governor also ordered the state's beaches and waterways closed to the public and ordered that travelers coming to
Here's how your
Graham said he didn't agree with everything in the bill, but said that there's "a lot of things in there that are going to save lives."
SC's 2020 calendar concerns
State election officials have asked lawmakers to weigh in on how best to conduct the state's June statewide primary and potentially the November general election.
All of the options would require changes to current state law, and that requires action by the state Legislature.
But state lawmakers say they have not decided which solution may be best, or if any changes are needed at all.
Why you should stay home
It was once a small gesture to
Every day when she would visit her husband, Bill, at his
But now those visits have grown much more complicated.
The closest Williams can physically interact with her husband of 53 years is when the two press their hands against the glass -- moments that Williams said make the small things, like bringing a small bowl of ice cream to her husband, seem even bigger.
This week's newsletter photo was taken by our photographer
Questions about coronavirus?
What do I do if I've been laid off?
Is there a new tax deadline extension? What about if I haven't gotten my REAL ID?
-- SC unemployment claims more than doubled in one week as people feel the financial and health fallout from the coronavirus.
-- Top officials at
-- Attorney General
-- An emergency notification sent to South Carolinians' phones Tuesday didn't go as well as some state officials had hoped after it crashed the state's emergency management website.
-- Filing for State House seats closed on Monday, showing more than a dozen
-- Closing schools and closing nonessential businesses has had some consequences. Among those is the increased requests for SNAP benefits and a drop in phone calls to the state's child abuse hotline.
-- Two employees in
-- S.C. inmates are sewing thousands of medical masks and mask covers to help with an ongoing shortage of medical supplies.
-- Republican state Rep.
Before we adjourn...
Typically, we've left this section open for things that have made us and you laugh throughout the week.
And certainly, there are a lot of things I could have added here, including all those
But I'm looking at the calendar next week and
So at a time when we're all stressed, exhausted and digging around for our next binge-worthy show, catch up on your calls.
Check in on your parents. Your siblings. Your extended family. Your friends. And if you can, call your grandparents.
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