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House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford endorsed former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham for governor, saying he accomplished more in a single term in Washington than his Democratic primary rival, S.C. Sen. Mia McLeod, has in 12 years in the Statehouse. Rutherford’s comments stand as a firm rebuke of McLeod’s assertion that Cunningham is just another “Republican-lite” Democrat who couldn’t hold onto his legislative seat after a single term. More: The Post and Courier, WIS TV, The State

In other headlines: 

S.C. gas tax hike coming as prices near $5 a gallon for regular fuel. South Carolina has hiked its gas tax every year for the last five years to help pay for needed road construction, but this year’s increase may hurt drivers a bit more. More: The State 

College of Charleston grad stunt leads global beach cleanup initiative. A graduate student from the College of Charleston is spearheading a global initiative to clean select beaches in honor of World Ocean Day. More: WCSC TV

Lowcountry Land Trust begins plans for Angel Oak preservation project. The Lowcountry Land Trust is gearing up to launch its comprehensive planning process this month for Angel Oak Preserve, the 35-acre property surrounding Angel Oak Park on Johns Island. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston County deputy charged with reckless homicide after deadly car crash. Charleston County law enforcement officials obtained warrants for the arrest of Deputy Emily Pelletier, who was involved in a collision that killed three people on Mother’s Day. More: Charleston City Paper, ABC News, WIS TV, The Post and Courier

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