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McMaster signs abortion ban; bill immediately faces lawsuit from Planned Parenthood. South Carolina’s governor on Thursday signed a bill banning most abortions, one of his top priorities since he took office more than four years ago. Planned Parenthood and other reproductive rights groups immediately sued in an attempt at preventing the new law from taking effect. Source: Associated Press

North Charleston motel added to National Register of Historic Places. A dilapidated Rivers Avenue motel on the city’s south end could soon again welcome visitors after being added to the National Register of Historic Places. Source: The Post and Courier

Gas prices continue to rise in S.C., across the U.S. Over the last year, the price of crude oil remained low because of the pandemic. But, demand has been steadily increasing over the last few months as more and more places reopen and people start traveling again. Source: WCSC TV

McMaster, education leaders call for more need-based student aid. Higher education officials are calling on state legislators to levy more aid for college students. Enrollment dropped 13% across all institutions last fall, driven by the coronavirus. Source: The Post and Courier

S.C. Housing launches rental, mortgage assistance program. Qualified applicants can receive up to $7,500 for rent and mortgage assistance in the $25 million program, funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Source: Columbia Business Report

Army Corps of Engineers presents updates on flood risk study. A plan to protect downtown Charleston from hurricane surge no longer includes a large breakwater south of the city, and a wall to stop storm waves would be built closer to land. Source: WCSC TV