Juneteenth commemorates the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, giving word to enslaved African Americans that they were free more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. When Juneteenth became a federal holiday last year, some activists were excited for it to get the recognition they felt it deserves, but the enthusiasm was dashed when they learned some state leaders decided not to follow suit by giving residents a day off work. Reasons vary from state to state — from lagging bureaucracy to disputes over when to actually celebrate the holiday. More: National Public Radio, WCSC TV, The State, The Washington Post

In other headlines: 

Total abortion ban remains possible in S.C. as lawmakers prepare for ruling. Top lawmakers in the S.C. Statehouse are weighing how restrictive a likely abortion ban should be, as well as when it would be implemented. More: The State

Charleston’s port falls in ‘performance index’ as import congestion slows cargo. An annual ranking of performance at 370 ports worldwide puts South Carolina’s among the most well-run large U.S. waterfronts, but far below its counterparts in other parts of the globe. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston County emergency rental assistance applications close Tuesday. Charleston County on Tuesday will stop accepting emergency rental and utility assistance applications for its Covid-19 relief program. More: WCSC TV

Mount Pleasant moves forward with recreation property tax referendum. A proposed referendum for a property tax hike to fund park and recreation projects is on the horizon, but details for how the $50 million would be spent are still unclear. More: The Post and Courier

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