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The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control says it is hoping to bring awareness to South Carolinians regarding the dangers of leaving children and pets in cars during hot summer months with its new “Look Before You Lock” initiative. 

South Carolina ranked 16th in the nation for the number of child deaths due to being left in a hot car between 1990 and 2020, according to the National Safety Council, a nonprofit safety advocacy group. More: Charleston City Paper, WCSC TV, WBTW TV, The Post and Courier 

In other headlines:

S.C. leading nation in fewer ex-felons returning to prison. Less than 22% of prisoners released from July 2016 to June 2017 have wound up back in prison, making the Palmetto State a national leader in putting ex-felons on the road to success. More: The Post and Courier 

McMaster opposes recreational marijuana, medical use a ‘different story.’ Gov. Henry McMaster said he is opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana after one of his Democratic challengers, Joe Cunningham, said he would be in favor of it. More: The State

Scott rakes in $9.6M in latest fundraising blitz. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has raised $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, putting him at the front of the financial pack among senators facing re-election next year. More: The Post and Courier 

Berkeley Co. Schools’ $325M budget to raise teacher pay, new employees. The Berkeley County School District board approved a $325 million budget for 2021-22 and is asking for feedback on how it will spend $72.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief. More: The Post and Courier

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