President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law a measure to expand health care benefits for veterans who got sick while serving from exposure to toxic substances such as contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and burn pits at U.S. military bases.

The legislation, which was seen as personal to Biden because of his late son’s potential exposure to toxic substances while in Iraq, is the largest expansion of health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxins in more than 30 years. According to CBS News, the new law is expected to extend eligibility for medical care to about 3.5 million veterans potentially impacted by toxic exposure.

In other headlines: 

First Family begins vacation on Kiawah Island. Biden has officially landed in Kiawah Island to spend vacation with his family. Biden and his family are expected to stay until next Tuesday.

Former president pleads 5th in New York investigation. Former President Donald Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday in response to a series of questions from New York investigators. He reportedly refused to answer 400 questions from the New York attorney general in an inquiry related to his business finances.

Graham doesn’t show up to scheduled Fulton County court appearance. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., did not show up to a scheduled court appearance in Fulton County for his alleged meddling in the 2020 Georgia election. Graham was previously issued a subpoena by Fulton County to testify before a special grand jury investigation whether former President Donald Trump broke any laws in the 2020 election. Graham said he would previously fight the subpoena and has the power to do so.

City of Charleston seeks help in Peninsula Plan. The City of Charleston is looking for public input on its new Peninsula Plan. The plan looks to guide investment and development on the peninsula for the coming decades. The city is requesting proposals from businesses, people, planning firms or multiple firms with different skill sets to help with framework and urban design.

Mount Pleasant moves forward on noise restrictions. After a 90-day trial period of Mount Pleasant’s noise ordinance, the town council decided to keep the restrictions in place, but with possible alterations. The council is split between whether the rules are too strict, or not strict enough. Under the current ordinance, Mount Pleasant prohibits daytime noise above 60 decibels or 55 decibels after 10:30 p.m.

Average U.S. gas price falls below $4. The national average for U.S. gas prices have dipped below $4 after peaking in mid-June. Prices are seeing a return to what it was in March.


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