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South Carolina’s number of COVID-19 cases is rising again according to the latest weekly data released by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Tuesday. The agency reported 5,566 total new cases of COVID-19 — an increase over last week’s 4,458 cases – and 10 total new deaths, compared to last week’s four. More: Charleston City Paper, The Post and Courier, The New York Times

Meanwhile, gas prices continue to rise with the per-gallon cost going above $4 per gallon in each state for the first time, according to reports. More: The Washington Post, WCBD TV

In other headlines: 

New York pastor looks to Emanuel 9 tragedy for inspiration in wake of Buffalo shooting. Rev. Kevin Coakley, the pastor of Durham Memorial AME Zion Church in Buffalo, New York, grew up in Mount Pleasant. He said the response to the Emanuel AME shooting in 2015 has been his guiding light on bringing the Buffalo community together in the wake of tragedy. More: WCSC TV, The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post

S.C. latest conservative state with transgender sports ban after McMaster signature. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster quietly signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls’ or women’s sports in public schools and colleges. More: Associated Press, The State 

Lowcountry communities battle developers to protect historic family land. People in historic African-American communities in Mount Pleasant say their properties are under constant threat from outside developers who want land that has been in their families for hundreds of years. More: WCBD TV

Charleston City Council hears objections to King Street business improvement district. Some King Street business owners aren’t ready to get behind a plan to add an extra tax to commercial properties on one of the city’s most iconic thoroughfares. More: The Post and Courier, WCSC TV

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