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While hurricane season is off to a slower than usual start this year, things might change in the coming weeks as the peak of the season has started. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expecting more tropical cyclone activity now that August is here.

Some 90% of hurricanes and strong storms occur between now and October. The agency predicts 14 to 20 named storms this year, including six to 10 that will become hurricanes, according to an undated forecast.

In other headlines: 

30 candidates running for Charleston school board. Nine seats are up for grabs in November for the Charleston County School Board, and 30 residents are lined up to run. Filing ends Aug. 16 and as of Thursday, six out of nine incumbents have not filed to run again.

Charleston County seeking feedback on Savannah Highway project. Charleston County Council members are looking for public feedback on their proposed Savannah Highway Intersection and Capacity Improvement Project. The proposed project aims to improve safety, traffic operations and pedestrian mobility at major intersections along the highway by realigning roads, adding turn lanes, widening sidewalks, adding decorative crosswalks, improving parking safety, adding medians and more.

Mount Pleasant library to open after year-long renovations. The Charleston County Public Library’s Mount Pleasant branch is set to open Saturday after a year-long renovation. The renovations include upgrades to the interior, technology, furniture and more.

SCDOT wants spend $3.6M to increase safety in downtown Charleston. The South Carolina Department of Transportation is looking to spend $3.6 million to help increase safety for bikers and pedestrians in downtown Charleston. Improvements to the roads, more accessibility for bikers and pedestrians and better visibility are some of the proposed improvements. The plans were revealed Thursday night to gather public input on the project.

Charleston looking to crack down on ‘party houses’. The City of Charleston proposed a policy aimed to crack down on college party houses in the city that affect quality of life for neighbors. The proposed policy is a rental registry program that will require all landlords to receive a permit before renting out a property. The policy applies for landlords who rent out houses and own at least two or more units.

Lawyers deliver closing arguments in death penalty case. A South Carolina judge is expected to weigh in on the South Carolina’s death penalty as attorneys delivered their closing arguments. The lawsuit calls for S.C.’s two methods of execution — electric chair and firing squad — as unconstitutional for lack of evidence as a painless and effective form of execution. 

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