S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic opponent Joe Cunningham of Charleston have agreed to a debate on Oct. 26. The debate will be live on SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio at 7 p.m. 

SCETV’s Gavin Jackson, host of “This Week in South Carolina” will serve as the moderator and will be joined by Andy Shain of The Post and Courier.

McMaster is running for a second full term and, if he wins, will become the longest -serving governor in the state. [For much of the state’s history, governors could only serve one term.] Cunningham represented the 1st Congressional District for one term before losing his seat to Republican Nancy Mace in 2020.

Meanwhile, McMaster on Thursday signed a new law that will give six weeks of paid parental leave starting in October to state employees in South Carolina after they give birth to or adopt a child.

In other headlines: 

Charleston courtroom named in honor of retired judge. A Charleston municipal court has been named in honor of retired state Judge Richard E. Fields. He was among the older generation of mentors who helped other Black legislators and legal professionals in the 1970s and 80s.

Charleston Animal Society launches new campaign. Charleston Walks the Dog is Charleston Animal Society’s newest campaign in an effort to help big dogs get adopted. The shelter is facing an overcrowding of large dogs, and providing incentives for the pups to find homes. The adoption fee for the large dogs will be waived, along with a month’s supply of food and three months supply of flea and tick prevention.

North Charleston neighborhood could be reconnected with affordable housing project. Unused property at the I-26 Exit 218 is being considered for an affordable housing project. The Union Heights neighborhood in North Charleston was split in the 1970s by the exit. Now, with the area unused and overgrown, community members are advocating for the area to reconnect the divided neighborhood. 

Folly Road redevelopment expected to start construction. The first phase of the long-awaited Rethink Folly Road Plan is expected to begin construction soon. The plan, which was approved in 2016, recently received funding and are now awaiting proper permits.

Artist Collective opens second Charleston studio. Regional art group Artist Collective debuted its second studio in The Charleston Place. The pop-up gallery showcases the works of its 86 members, who are established and emerging artists from across the Southeast.

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