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  • The father of a former NFL player who fatally shot six people before killing himself two years ago is suing the alma mater where his son played football. An autopsy eventually diagnosed Phillip Adams with a severe form of the degenerative brain disease commonly known as CTE that has been shown to cause violent mood swings and memory loss. Now, Alonzo E. Adams says South Carolina State University did not properly train employees to treat the sustained head trauma that his son suffered during a college career that lasted from 2006 to 2009.
  • South Carolina State women's coach Audra Smith was fired a day after filing suit against the school alleging Title IX violations and discriminatory practices at the university. Smith was in her fourth season at the school. Her suit was filed Wednesday in federal court. She said in the complaint the school continually provided fewer resources to women's teams, athletes and coaches than received by men's teams. Smith's suit asked for undisclosed damages. On Thursday, South Carolina State ended Smith's contract. Smith was 24-73 in four seasons in charge of the program.
  • U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has announced that $3 million in federal funding will be directed toward historically Black colleges and universities. She says it'll go toward research that will further the Biden administration's goals of carbon neutrality, and help strengthen a pipeline from those schools into energy-related jobs. Granholm made the announcement during a stop at South Carolina State University on Thursday. She said the money helps advance work toward an executive order to make the federal government carbon-neutral by 2050.
  • U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is visiting a historically Black university in South Carolina this week to tout what the Biden administration says is a commitment to funding nuclear engineering at such institutions. Officials tell The Associated Press Granholm will tour the nuclear engineering program at South Carolina State University, in Orangeburg. Granholm will visit the school Thursday along with U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who's an alumnus. The visit comes as President Joe Biden and other officials tout progress made in implementing the administration's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, following setbacks on voting rights and other economic efforts.
  • President Joe Biden has pledged to fight for stalled voting rights and police reform legislation. That's despite not having the votes in the Senate to move either measure closer to becoming law. Biden commented while delivering the commencement address at South Carolina State University on Friday. His visit is a manifestation of a decades-long relationship between him and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat. The historically Black school is Clyburn's alma mater.
  • President Joe Biden is traveling to South Carolina. For House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn the trip Friday is a manifestation of the decades-long relationship between the two powerful Democrats. South Carolina is also a place that's played a pivotal role in cementing both of their legacies. Biden is addressing December graduates at South Carolina State University.
  • President Joe Biden is returning to South Carolina, the state that played a pivotal role in his march to the Democratic presidential nomination and the White House. Biden is coming to Orangeburg on Friday as the featured speaker at the graduation ceremonies at a historically Black university, South Carolina State. The school is the alma mater of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the top-ranking Black member of Congress.
  • South Carolina State University has decided to keep its acting president as its temporary leader as a search continues for a permanent replacement. University trustees voted 12-1 on Wednesday to change Alexander Conyers' title from "acting president" to "interim president." Trustees chairman Rodney Jenkins says Conyers has shown formidable leadership skills since taking over in July after former President James Clark was fired.
  • South Carolina State University is delaying fall classes by three days to give students more time to get vaccinated as COVID cases spike across the state. The Orangeburg-based historically black college and university says classes scheduled to start Wednesday for the fall semester will be pushed to next Monday.
  • South Carolina State University's board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to oust James Clark as president.