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Wearing masks on school grounds in South Carolina will continue to be an option, despite federal guidance to make it a mandate. Across the nation, debates over masking in schools are causing anger and confusion.

Meanwhile, state and local officials continue to encourage South Carolinians to get vaccinated to dampen the coronavirus, which is reaching higher levels. More: Charleston City Paper, The Post and Courier, Associated Press

In other headlines:

McMaster sued over end of federal jobless aid. Four jobless South Carolinians have sued Gov. Henry McMaster over his decision to exit the federal unemployment programs providing extra money to jobless residents earlier this summer. More: The Post and Courier, SC Public Radio, The State

Charleston carriage tour rule changes head to City Council. An animal rights group, Charleston Carriage Horse Advocates, submitted a list of new regulations for the city’s horse carriage tour. The group is not pleased with the final version. More: The Post and Courier 

Long-awaited audit shows racial disparities in policing. North Charleston residents have been calling for a racial bias audit of their police department for years, and now that it’s here, advocates are not surprised by the results. More: The Post and Courier 

New sandwich spot open in downtown Charleston. The Pass Panino & Provisions offers market-style lunch with nine artisan sandwiches during the day. At night, Chef Anthony Marini will transform the space into an upscale chef’s table. More: Charleston City Paper, Charleston Business Journal

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