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A panel in the S.C. House will have a hearing at noon today on a bill that reportedly would ban abortion completely in the state, despite a 6-week “fetal heartbeat” law now in effect. That measure, triggered after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision last month, prohibits most abortions when a heartbeat is first detected, which is usually about six weeks into a pregnancy.

The current new law, which went into effect a few days ago, allows exceptions for when a woman’s life is in danger or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. However, the proposed measure today, the language of which had not formally been released as of Wednesday, is thought to have no exceptions. Activists on both sides of the hot-button abortion issue are expected to be vocal at the hearing.

In other headlines: 

City of Charleston releases draft plans to redistrict city council. The City of Charleston released a draft plan to redistrict city council leaders ahead of next year’s election, according to a report from WCSC. The draft has reportedly been in progress since Sept. 2021 due to the increase in the city’s population. The city is asking for feedback before heading to the council.

‘Outer Banks’ cast member killed in hit-and-run. A cast member for the popular Netflix series Outer Banks was struck July 5 in a James Island hit-and-run. No arrests have been made in the incident.

Lincolnville added to national historic Reconstruction effort. The Town of Lincolnville, located on the edge of Charleston County outside of Summerville, has been added to the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network, along with four other sites. The network is part of an effort to tell the story of American Reconstruction after the Civil War.

Mount Pleasant adjusts short term rental rules. The town of Mount Pleasant is restructuring its short-term rental rules, first implemented in 2020. The planning committee decided that short term rentals should not make up 1% of Mount Pleasant’s residential property. That 1% calculation allows 437 short-term rental units.

New affordable home projects to be developed in West Ashley. Workforce affordable housing is on the horizon for West Ashley residents. A 40-unit townhome will begin construction in West Ashley with affordability tied directly with the owner’s income.

DHEC reports 11,844 new cases in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 11,844 new Covid-19 cases in the state, an increase of 1,100 cases from the previous week. Meanwhile, a reported .6% of children under the age of 5 have received the Covid-19 vaccine and pharmacists now have the ability to prescribe the Covid-19 treatment drug known as Paxlovid.

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