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A state circuit judge on Tuesday denied a request by reproductive health supporters to temporarily block a six-week abortion ban request and asked that the case head to the state Supreme Court.

In what is expected to become a protracted legal battle, the ruling allows the state to continue to enforce the abortion ban. A lawsuit challenging the ban argues that it violates the state constitution’s rights to privacy and equal protection.

In other South Carolina headlines:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The new issue of the Charleston City Paper is a celebration of the newspaper’s 25 years of publication. Click here to read the full issue online and enjoy a look at past news, cartoons, advertisers and more.

PANDEMIC: S.C. has 16,570 new Covid cases, 9 deaths.  South Carolina had an increase of more than 2,800 new cases of Covid-19 than last week, state officials reported today. Over the last week, nine people died from the virus.

Mega Millions jackpot surges to $1 billion. No winner was reported Tuesday, leading the jackpot to top a billion dollars.

Source: CNN

Boroughs sworn in as state’s top federal prosecutor. Adair Ford Boroughs, a Columbia attorney and former Democratic congressional candidate, was sworn in Tuesday as the state’s United States attorney.

Meeting Street Scholarship Fund to award 177 scholarships. The fund helps high-achieving students pay for college. Some 177 are expected to be awarded across the state.

N. Charleston councilman involved in traffic stop. North Charleston City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Jerome Heyward received a written warning from a Charleston County Sheriff’s Department deputy after being involved in a Sunday traffic stop, a department spokesman told the City Paper Tuesday.

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