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South Carolina House members today plan to debate a new abortion ban that leaves no room for exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. The state currently bans most abortion after about six weeks when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

But in an odd twist, nearly 20 conservative S.C. Republicans penned a letter saying they could not vote for the bill if it did include exceptions, which could give Democrats enough support to kill the bill — or at least slow it down.

In other headlines: 

Heavy rainfall causes major floodings, delays across Charleston. Heavy rainfall hit Charleston Monday, causing dozens of roads to flood across the city. Some areas of the city accumulated as high as four inches of water, while part of North Charleston was hit with thigh-deep waters. Tuesday morning is expected to bring more heavy rainfall. 

National scholars headline Stono Rebellion conference. Dr. Edda Fields-Black and Dr. Hilary Green will headline the Stono Rebellion Conference at the College of Charleston on Sept. 8 to Sept. 11.

Charleston church to be converted into condos. A Columbia real estate firm confirmed that the former Mt. Sinai Holiness Church of Deliverance in downtown Charleston will be converted into six residential units.

Tri-County crime lab center hopes to help clear backlog of cases. The Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Offices announced a new crime lab to help clear backlogs of cold cases. The Tri-County Biological Science Center will process DNA in criminal cases, a process that currently happens through the state. The new center is expected to be online in the next five years.

Moncks Corner Marketplace sees new tenants. Several new businesses and restaurants are slated to join the Publix-anchored Moncks Corner Marketplace. New tenants include places like Dog & Duck, Kyoto Sushi & Hibachi, Woof Gang Bakery and more. The marketplace is expected to open in the fall of this year.

Gamecocks’ live rooster gets a new name. The University of South Carolina announced Monday the name change of the live rooster mascot at football games has been changed to “The General,” after Revolutionary War general Thomas Sumter. The General will be joined by Cocky at season opener Saturday night. 

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