More colleges in South Carolina on Wednesday required students to wear masks following a Tuesday decision by the state Supreme Court that a universal mask requirement was legal. On Wednesday, students at Coastal Carolina University, S.C. State University and Lander University joined the state’s largest higher-ed campuses, including the College of Charleston, in having a mask requirement. Meanwhile, the Biden administration has warned Gov. Henry McMaster and other GOP governors about trying to ban masks for public school children. More: Charlotte Observer, Index Journal, The State

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S.C. passes 700,000 COVID-19 cases. Twenty-six more South Carolinians died from COVID-19, health officials said Wednesday as the state’s total number of cases passed 700,000. Nearly 20 percent of those who got tested for the virus tested positive. Some 3,376 new cases of the virus were announced Wednesday. More: Charlotte Observer

Charleston county opts against formal equity report support. The 545-page report from Charleston’s Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation will be considered by city committees despite a vote Tuesday against formally accepting it as requested by the group’s chairman. More: Charleston City Paper

New ethics rules for S.C. lawyers help innocent. Prosecutors in the state are now require evidence of innocence after a defendant is convicted of a crime. More: Post and Courier

Three students shot Wednesday outside Orangeburg school. Three students were shot yesterday in a drive-by shooting outside Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, officials Said Wednesday. More: The State

Oceanside charter’s board threatens lawsuit. The struggle between a successful Mount Pleasant charter school and its sponsoring district continues over accountability of funds. More: Post and Courier

Myrtle Beach airport is state’s busiest. The Grand Strand airport had more than 550,000 passengers in July, a 49% increase over two years ago. More: AP News

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