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Charleston Distilling

expanding operations

COLUMBIA -- Charleston Distilling, an independent, small-batch producer of handcrafted spirits, has announced a $4.2 million investment in its Charleston County operations. The expansion is projected to create an additional 29 jobs.

Located at 3548 Meeks Farm Road in Charleston, the company's new facility is expected to be operational by July 2019 and will feature a 45-foot-high still to increase its production capacity.

Pence tours

sites, helped by

Trump tax law

COLUMBIA (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's persistence is to thank for a law that gives federal tax breaks to people who invest in economically distressed areas.

Pence came to South Carolina on Thursday to tour The Meeting Place Church and a movie theater at the Columbia Place Mall the church invested in through the Opportunity Zone program.

Scott wanted to show his fellow Republican the investment in a mall that was in danger of being abandoned.

Scott insisted on getting the Opportunity Zone plan into the 2017 tax law changes backed by President Donald Trump.

Education overhaul

bill passes 1st hurdle

COLUMBIA (AP) — A massive bill looking to overhaul education in South Carolina has cleared its first hurdle.

A House subcommittee unanimously voted Thursday to send the bill to the full Education Committee.

The bill includes a student bill of rights, a $100 million fund to help bring businesses to places where schools are poor and struggling, criteria to consolidate poorly performing schools and a committee to oversee schools from pre-kindergarten to universities.

House Speaker Jay Lucas says he hopes to get the bill to the floor in the next few weeks before members work on the state budget.

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