Emails show businesses held sway over state reopening plans

  • FILE - In this June 30, 2020, photo, a man passes a clothing shop with open signs in the window in Calexico, Calif. Records obtained by The Associated Press show governors working closely with business interests as they weighed when and how to reopen their economies during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

As South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster prepared to announce the end of a coronavirus stay-at-home order, his top staff received an email from the state health department.

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