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Court fight could impact Senate race. Republican efforts to get a new Supreme Court justice confirmed before the November election could affect the race between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who faces a challenge from Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison. Source: P&C

Appeals court nixes absentee ballots’ witness requirement. A federal appeals court struck down (again) the state’s requirement that absentee ballots be signed by a witness. With a final decision still looming, mailed ballots are already on their way to voters. State election officials suggest getting your ballot signed if possible, just in case. Source: AP

Mother of S.C. teacher who died of COVID-19 dies of coronavirus less than three weeks later. Shirley Bannister passed away from the coronavirus just weeks after her daughter, 28 year-old teacher Demi Bannister. After her daughter’s death, Shirley Bannister reportedly struggled to find someone who would give her a coronavirus test. Shirley Bannister worked at Midlands Tech where she taught the fundamentals of nursing and was described as “an angel on earth.” Source: The State

New bill would allow hospitality taxes to pay for flooding mitigation. A new bill pushed by Charleston County legislators and passed in the Statehouse would allow hospitality taxes to be used to mitigate flooding. The debate over the bill showcases the political divisions that have arisen during the pandemic. Source: P&C

Aerosols could be spreading coronavirus. Researchers are studying how just infectious the coronavirus aerosols are. Aerosols are tiny droplets of water expelled when we talk, sing, shout, cough, more like cigarette smoke than spit. Previously, researchers thought only the larger droplets were infectious. Source: AP

ALSO: “Behind the scenes as South Carolina lost its grip on the coronavirus” via P&C