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S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday signed into law the Law Enforcement Accreditation Bill. The new law requires non-certified officers to work alongside certified officers when on duty, forbidding them from performing law enforcement duties alone until they are fully trained.

It also expands the definition of police misconduct, which now includes officers failing to intervene when they see another officer abusing members of the public and willfully failing to report another officer’s misconduct.

In other headlines: 

Graham appeals court order to testify in Georgia probe. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has formally appealed a court order to testify in front of a special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and allies tried to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. Expectations of the appeal came after a judge ordered Graham to appear to testify on Aug. 23.

Labor Party candidates kicked off S.C. ballot. A judge has kicked off Labor Party candidates in the 2022 South Carolina elections for governor and a seat in the U.S. House. The judge cites that the party missed the deadline and did not host their nominating convention in time.

Lowcountry Rapid Transit receives approval from federal government. The planned 21-mile bus route Lowcountry Rapid Transit plan has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration. The approval allows the project to move into the engineering phase and receive additional funding.

MUSC grant used to study pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Action Network has granted $250,000 to the Hollings Cancer Center at Medical University of South Carolina in research grants to study biomarkers of genetic cancer.

Biologists struggle to find oyster shells. South Carolina and surrounding areas are struggling to find oyster shells from restaurants. Oyster shells are used to rebuild reefs and replenish the oyster population.

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