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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday the state reached a 50% vaccination rate among eligible residents. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster says the milestone was important, but there was still work to do.

Meanwhile Thursday, state health officials reported 4,306 total cases of COVID-19 with 2,865 confirmed. A total of 49 new deaths, with 41 confirmed, also were reported Thursday. With 33,528 tests reported, 11.4% were confirmed positive. More: WIS TV, Charleston City Paper, Associated Press

In other headlines:

Alex Murdaugh turns himself in, granted bond following botch insurance fraud scheme. The Murdaugh family saga took its next twist Thursday with the arrest of Alex Murdaugh, who admitted to setting up his own shooting in an insurance fraud scheme. More: Associated Press, The State, CBS News, National Public Radio 

CCSD students without masks will be placed in virtual learning. The Charleston County School District declared any student who shows up to school without a mask will be forced to learn remotely. More: The Post and Courier 

S.C. Senate plans October session; masks not on the agenda. South Carolina senators plan to return to the Statehouse next month for a special session on spending federal COVID-19 relief money and redistricting. More: The Post and Courier, The State, Associated Press 

Federal labor board rules in favor of Charleston ports agency, Leatherman Terminal. The union that represents dockworkers at the Port of Charleston cannot stop shipping lines from calling on the Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston, a federal judge ruled on Sept. 16. More: The Post and Courier 

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