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South Carolina state Sen. Mia McLeod. Photo: S.C. Legislative Services Agency

South Carolina state Sen. Mia McLeod (D) became the first Black woman to run for the governor in the state after she announced her bid in the 2022 race on Wednesday.

Why it matters: A Black woman has never served as a governor in the U.S., though Democrats also haven’t been elected to a statewide office in South Carolina in 15 years, according to AP.

Context: McLeod was elected to South Carolina's House in 2010 and the state Senate in 2016.

  • She so far faces two other candidates for the Democratic nomination: activist Gary Votour and former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham.
  • If she wins the primary, McLeod will likely face incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster.

What they're saying: “I want to be the person that is running not because I’m a woman, and not because I’m Black, but because I am so connected to and so much like the people that I represent,” McLeod told the AP.

  • “It’s a tremendous responsibility, but it’s one that I’m excited about," she added.

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Virginia governor pardons seven Black men executed in 1951

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during an event in Alexandria, Va., on May 28. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Tuesday posthumously pardoned seven Black men who were executed in 1951 after being tried and convicted by all-white juries for the rape of a white woman.

Why it matters: The pardons seek to address the racial inequities in the use of the death penalty, which has been disproportionately applied to Black people, specifically in the first half of the 20th century, AP reports.

Gaming CEO calls on industry to help fight climate change

"Catalyst Black." Screenshot: Super Evil Megacorp

Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer.

Why it matters: Gaming's pandemic-fueled boom creates an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to do some good.

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U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers

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Foreign travelers will be allowed entry to the U.S. beginning Nov. 8 if they can provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a shot authorized by the World Health Organization and a negative test within three days of departure, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The updated guidance, which exempts children under the age of 18 from the vaccine requirement, is intended to provide further clarity for airlines and foreign nationals who have been restricted from traveling to the U.S. since early 2020.