South Carolina on Thursday indicted disgraced former powerful attorney Alex Murdaugh on two counts of murder for killing his son and wife after police re-examined their deaths. For more than a year, the Murdaugh murders on the family’s hunting estate has captivated the nation.

Murdaugh’s lawyers issued a statement denying involvement in the murders, saying he had no motivation to kill them:  “We are immediately filing a motion for a speedy trial, we are requesting that the Attorney General turn over all evidence within 30 days as required by law and we demand to have a trial within 60 days of receiving that evidence.”

In other recent headlines:

Charleston-based group hails state’s decision on digital currency literacy. Charleston business leaders have been urging elected state leaders to set regulatory guidelines for new technologies that are rapidly changing the way financial institutions operate. Following a recent win in funding, South Carolina lawmakers authorized the state treasurer to spend $500,000 to study digital currency literacy.

Civil War reenactors returning to Morris Island to remember famous battle. Civil War reenactors will return to Morris Island on July 18 to remember the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s three-month assault on Fort Wagner that proved 159 years ago Black men had the courage to fight against slavery.

Port of Charleston finishes fiscal year with record cargo. After handling 1.58 million containers of cargo this fiscal year, Charleston’s port logged a record high amount of inbound cargo and a 22% jump in imported goods.

Two more cases of monkeypox found in S.C. DHEC has confirmed the third and fourth positive cases of Monkeypox in S.C.

Hundreds demonstrate outside Statehouse during deliberations. During the nearly seven hour meeting of lawmakers in Columbia yesterday, hundreds of South Carolinians on both sides of the reproductive rights issue demonstrated their beliefs.

Charleston metro area ranks 5th worst in pedestrian death rates. Local and state officials grapple with Charleston’s high rates of pedestrian fatalities.

Tecklenburg leads Charleston mayoral fund-raising. With $170,000 raised in campaign funding reported July 10, Charleston’s current Mayor, John Tecklenburg, leads in raising money for the 2023 election.

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