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South Carolina will close state offices on Tuesday to mark Confederate Memorial Day. The Palmetto State is one among a handful of states in the South with an official holiday.

But the state Senate this year approved a bill that would give state employees a choice of observing Confederate Memorial Day or Juneteenth on June 19. The S.C. House hasn’t yet voted on the bill. If approved, it’s not clear how the May observance that closes state offices would work. More: Associated Press, Greenville News 

In other headlines: 

Mace says she would only support abortion law with exceptions. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-Charleston, listed several exceptions to a proposed abortion ban that would need to be kept for her to support the measure as conservative lawmakers across the nation push to end most if not all exceptions in their states’ respective legislation. More: SC Public Radio, WCSC TV, The Post and Courier, The Washington Post, The New York Times 

Debate over Charleston’s Gadsden Creek flooding plan heats up. An environmental advocacy group pushing for wetlands restoration is suing to stop WestEdge from filling Charleston’s Gadsden Creek. More: The Post and Courier 

3 dead, 4 injured in late-night crashes involving Charleston County deputies. A Charleston County deputy was responding to a call Sunday night when the patrol cruiser collided with a civilian vehicle on southbound Savannah Highway near New Road, the first of two incidents last night, according to reports. More: WCSC TV, The Post and Courier 

Charleston gearing up for Spoleto with public art installations. Since the 1970s, when Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto forever changed the look and feel of a Charleston May, it is the time of year when the city prepares to turn the city into an international arts hub. More: The Post and Courier 

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