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The S.C. Supreme Court at 10 a.m. Wednesday will hear arguments in a case that challenges the state’s fetal heartbeat law. It outlaws abortion after the detection of a heartbeat, generally present at about six weeks — about the time many women learn they are pregnant.

But the law was blocked in August by the courts until resolution of the lawsuit, which claims the ban violates the state’s constitutional rights to privacy and equal protection. It’s unclear when the court will rule on the lawsuit.  Gov. Henry McMaster told The State that it will take time for tighter abortion restrictions.

In other headlines: 

School hosts ceremony for new English language center. R.B. Stall High School in Charleston is set to hold a special ceremony for its first ever English language center. The center was built to accommodate and help its students who speak a language other than English acclimate.

Murdaugh attorneys want more evidence before trial. Defense lawyers for former lawyer Alex Murdaugh are requesting more evidence from state prosecutors, despite already receiving nearly three quarters of a terabyte of digital information. According to media reports, Murdaugh’s trial has also been moved up a week to Jan. 23 instead of the originally slated Jan. 30 date. 

Cummins invests in North Charleston site. Cummins Turbo Technologies expanded its services in North Charleston with a $27 million facility. The facility is expected to create 250 new jobs in the area. At the ceremony of the facility’s opening, Cummins also gifted nonprofit CommunityWorks

Charleston-area volunteers head to Florida to help Hurricane survivors. All Dry Services of Mount Pleasant, which cleans and restores homes damaged by natural disasters, was called by a similar company in Florida to help after Hurricane Ian. Owner Matt Baum immediately went down to lend a helping hand.

Biden administration opens applications for student loan forgiveness. President Joe Biden hopes to help millions of student loan borrowers before federal loan payments are due again in January. Here’s how to apply. 

S.C. education back to pre-pandemic performance. S.C. education officials revealed most students are back to pre-pandemic levels, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Chronic absenteeism and a widening gap between low- and high-performing students still remain an issue.

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