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South Carolina faces record-breaking heat today and over the weekend as temperatures could reach triple digits in the Midlands.

Record highs aren’t expected along the coast — although it’s going to be hot — but Columbia is a different story where temperatures could reach 100 degrees for the earliest time ever. (The earliest time for 100 in Columbia so far was May 22 in 1941, while Charleston saw 100 on May 26, 2019, according to published reports.)

In the Upstate today, temperatures are expected in the mid-90s, while the Pee Dee’s heat will approach 100 degrees, according to forecasters.

In other headlines: 

Charleston airport projects $100M in spending. Charleston International’s $100 million spending plan for next year includes money for three new gates, hiring and a globe monument at the airport entrance. Officials project that revenue and passenger traffic will increase significantly starting July 1 as airlines add more destinations.

Charleston County joins project to end incarceration cycle. Charleston County became one of the four communities to participate in the Home Project, a national program aimed at breaking the cycle of incarceration and homelessness. 

Mace votes against baby formula bill. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act Wednesday. The bill provides $28 million in emergency funding to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for resources to increase the number of FDA inspection staff, prevent fraudulent formulas from being sold and protect against future shortages. Previously reported: Lowcountry babies are being hospitalized in issues related to the baby formula shortage. 

York County family charged in Capitol riots. Three members of a York County family were arrested and charged in suspicion of their involvement in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. A fourth member was arrested and arraigned. A fifth member whose a juvenile has not been charged.

U.S. reaches 1 million Covid-19 deaths. The United States reached an average of 100,000 Covid-19 cases a day due to the Omicron subvariants that have spread across the U.S. The U.S. also surpassed 1 million deaths related to Covid-19, the world’s highest known total.

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