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South Carolina senators on Thursday rejected a near total ban on almost all abortions, but Republicans pushed some changes to an existing six-week ban, such as narrowing exceptions for rape and incest from 20 weeks to 12 weeks.

The state’s existing ban, triggered into law after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal Roe v. Wade protections in June, currently is suspended by a state court until a lawsuit is settled. The revamped Senate bill now returns to the House, which last week passed a near total ban with exceptions for rape and incest.

In other headlines: 

Cunningham, McMaster close in governor’s election. An internal poll received by Charleston City Paper shows that incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster leads by 7 points against opponent Joe Cunningham. The number is cut to 3 when those who were polled learned more about Cunningham. The margins are reportedly similar to the ones Cunningham faced in the fall in a race against Katie Arrington for a 2018 congressional race that he won.

Matthews urged to quit race after leaked recording (updated, 11 a.m.) | The state Republican Party and some Democrats want S.C. Rep. Krystle Matthews to resign as the Democratic candidate challenging GOP U.S. Sen. Tim Scott after a recording of what it says is racially-charged rhetoric.

Swinney signs new $115M contract. Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney was announced to have signed a 10-year, $115 million contract. The deal is another market-setter after Swinney signed a $93 million contract in 2019.

MUSC clinic to open on Kiawah and Seabrook islands. The Medical University of South Carolina held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 8 to commemorate the planned MUSC Sea Island Medical Pavilion. The clinic is expected to open by late 2023 or early 2024.

Hurricane Earl threatens Bermuda and U.S. East Coast. The East Coast is expected to be affected by strong rip currents and flooding in some areas this weekend as Hurricane Earl slowly moves toward Bermuda. Earl is predicted to strengthen to a category three hurricane, becoming the strongest hurricane of the year. 

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