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Pee Dee Black Expo brings exposure to local Black-owned businesses

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – The first-ever Pee Dee Black Expo helped elevate local, Black-owned businesses in the area on Saturday. Organizers hope the event is the first of many to come. “I think it is important because it goes beyond business,” said Rebeca Jackson, one of the event’s co-founders. “Often times when people look at…

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Justice Barrett rejects group’s effort to block Biden’s student debt relief program from taking effect

By Zoë Richards and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC.com Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday denied a request by a Wisconsin taxpayers group to halt the implementation of President Joe Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness program. Barrett, who is responsible for emergency applications from Wisconsin, rejected the Brown County Taxpayers Association request to block the program just days…

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Officials say an additional 100K SC homes now have access to broadband

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Congressman James Clyburn touted the state’s progress in expanding broadband access. They say there is still plenty of work left to do. According to officials from the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff’s State Broadband Office, one year into the state’s efforts, over 100,000 additional households now…

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Remembering domestic violence victims in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WJBF) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on Tuesday, the 25th Annual Silent Witness ceremony was held at the South Carolina State Capitol to remember those who lost their lives in 2022. Family members placed 49 life-size silhouettes at the steps of the capitol as a bell was rung to represent…

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Study Finds Community College System Fails to Produce Equitable Outcomes for Black Students

BlackPressUSA (NNPA NEWSWIRE) — According to a new report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies on the state of Black students at community colleges, an alarming 70 percent of Black students experienced food or housing insecurity or homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlighted that while Black students remain disproportionately represented…

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Horry County School District looks to fill 57 bus driver vacancies

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Horry County School District is one of the largest districts in the state with 54 schools and 8 million square feet of space that make up their schools and facilities. They operate 379 school buses. “Our bus drivers drive almost 5 million miles a year and they transport over 20…

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