Captain Sam's Spit sits at the southern end of Kiawah Island | Google Earth

In a big win for the conservation community, a dispute over whether Kiawah Development Partners can build on a sand spit appears to be over after the state’s Supreme Court sided with environmentalists who argued against building in the ecologically sensitive area and then refused to revisit the case on Wednesday. More: AP News, The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

Lots of cases, lots of deaths, more probably coming. State officials reported Wednesday 3,554 new cases of the coronavirus, 73 deaths, and a 17.3% positive rate. Most of those are from unvaccinated people, as we reported on Wednesday. More: WCIV, The State, The Post and Courier

Schools are going virtual … again. All schools in Dorchester County School District Two, at least six schools in Charleston County, and more around the state are going virtual as cases rise.  Aiken County has 4,000-plus students in quarantine and nearly a quarter of Horry County students are in quarantine. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman urged vaccination and masks. More: The State, The Post and Courier, Aiken Standard, Myrtle Beach Sun News

Look out for Larry. Tropical Storm Larry is expected to reach hurricane strength by Thursday. It is too early to be sure whether the storm will impact the state, but the current track favors a more northerly path. Ultimately it might be the jet stream that determines its path. More: The Post and Courier, AccuWeather

What’s killing right whales? Climate change, new research says. North Atlantic right whales, which travel along the coast of South Carolina, had been making a comeback but are suddenly experiencing a population decline. Scientists are fingering global warming for the deaths. More: The New York Times

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