A federal appellate court on Sunday temporarily blocked U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., from testifying this week before a Georgia grand jury proving 2020 election shenanigans. 

Graham, a loyalist to former President Donald Trump, claims he asked questions about the election process as part of his Senate job. He had been ordered to appear last week by a lower court, but appealed.

On Sunday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals returned the proceedings around the Fulton County grand jury subpoena to the district court judge. It instructed her to consider whether the subpoena should be partially quashed or modified in accordance with the Constitution’s speech and debate clause, according to CNN.

In other headlines:

S.C. gas prices now average $3.42 per gallon. The prices dropped another 4.6 cents over the last week.

Monkeypox cases rising in S.C. According to state officials, the state has seen 80 cases as of Friday.

S.C. unemployment rate unchanged. The state’s unemployment rate for July was unchanged and remains at 3.2%.

Mercedes to close Metris van plant in North Charleston. But no workers will lose jobs because they’ll go to the successful Sprinter assembly plant.

Charleston GOP survey for school board candidates asks about racism. The partisan survey asks school board candidates whether all White people are racist — a question seen as a way to inject racism into nonpartisan races.

Cunningham to hold Monday rally. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham will hold a rally in Charleston today.

Clyburn talks about midterms, politics, his future.  The congressman who represents part of Charleston county offered a wide-ranging interview on the state of politics today.

First Lady joins president after S.C. week of isolation. First Lady Jill Biden tested negative for coronavirus on Sunday, leaving South Carolina after isolating in a private home for five days. The family spent time on Kiawah Island for a vacation that ended Tuesday.

Missing Charleston woman’s body found; ex-boyfriend turns up dead. After the body of a missing woman was found in a marsh, her ex-boyfriend who was questioned by police was found dead, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Charleston preacher looks back on letter and its impact. A look by CNN at how a letter by the Rev. Jeremy Rutledge of Charleston, a longtime City Paper contributor, to a stranger helped him on his preaching when everything else failed.

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