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A judge has ordered U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham to testify Aug. 2 before a special grand jury in Georgia as part of an ongoing investigation into the 2020 presidential election results.

Graham, described as a necessary and material witness in a criminal investigation, told reporters he wasn’t giving up a fight to not testify. On Tuesday, he said he never suggested that anyone should “discount ballots for political reasons.”  

He added in an interview on FoxNews Radio, “I think I’ll be going to court and fight back. As a senator, I’ve got a vote on whether or not to certify an election. I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee so my job is to figure out what I need to be doing.”  More:  Washington Times, WYFF.

In other recent news:

Disgraced lawyer may face murder charges soon, attorney says. After a long and winding criminal case has unfolded against the disgraced S.C. attorney Alex Murdaugh, murder charges may finally come into view for the prosecution, according to his attorney.  More: The Post and Courier, Associated Press

Magazine names Charleston No. 1 city for 10th consecutive year. Travel + Leisure magazine has named Charleston the number one city in the word, and number 23 on the list of best cities in the world (the only U.S. city to make the list).

Gas prices fall below $4 a gallon in Greenville area. As South Carolina gas prices continue to drop, Greenville sees the lowest price per gallon in the last two months.

State has 13,164 new Covid cases in past week. Health officials link rising cases in S.C. to new variants, prompting people to receive the vaccine and boosters.  Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organization says the pandemic is far from over.

Charleston County considers increasing EMS service charges. Charleston County Council will hear public comment concerning a request to increase the price of EMS services in order to cover costs.

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