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South Carolina’s highest court will hear two challenges to the state’s refusal to let school districts require masks for students and teachers on Tuesday. In June, state lawmakers passed a budget proviso that threaten school district with losing state money if they required masks. But then, the state’s number of new COVID-19 cases was averaging 150 per day. Now with the new delta variant, the state is averaging 30 times as many — 4,500 cases a day. More: SC Public Radio, Charleston City Paper

On Friday, state health officials reported 6,697 total cases of COVID-19 Aug. 27, with 4,650 confirmed. A total of 39 new deaths, with 25 confirmed, were also reported Friday, double the number of confirmed fatalities compared to the day before. More: Charleston City Paper, The State, Associated Press, The New York Times

In other headlines:

S.C. EMD working to ensure people get emergency alerts with hurricane season in full swing. Authorized municipalities and state and federal agencies are able to keep residents aware of extreme weather through the national Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston-area business helping entrepreneurs get started during pandemic. The economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic led many would-be entrepreneurs to face the risks of starting a business. More: WCSC TV

New Gullah Geechee Alliance to explore $34B tourism potential in Charleston. According to work the Gullah Geechee Corridor did, tourism potential could add up to $34 billion in leisure spending. More: The Post and Courier 

Comment period extended for North Charleston police racial bias audit. An organization tasked with assessing racial bias in the North Charleston Police Department is extending the deadline for public comment. More: WCSC TV

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