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As voters started heading to the polls early this week, politics is heating up ahead of the June 14 primary.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mia McLeod is accusing opponent Joe Cunningham of refusing to participate in a televised debate ahead of the June 14 primary. Cunningham rebutted that he had dropped out of the scheduled June 1 televised debate because the sponsor’s of the televised event were tied to McLeod’s campaign.

Meanwhile, in the GOP primary race to represent voters in the 1st Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace’s campaign recently released a 30-second ad asking, ‘Can we trust Katie Arrington?,” calling out Arrington’s lost security clearance at the Pentagon.

In other headlines: 

International African American Museum set to open in 2023. The International African American Museum in Charleston officially announced a January 2023 opening date after over two decades to get the operation up and running. Museum leaders said it will open its doors to the public the weekend of Jan. 21, 2023.

North Charleston Boy Scouts statue recovered. The Boy Scouts office in North Charleston reported its statue missing over Memorial Day weekend. The office has since found the statue, allegedly broken into 50 pieces in a scrapyard that later caught fire. The Boy Scouts have recovered the broken statue.

Folly Beach leaders to discuss future of short-term rentals. Short-term rentals are still a matter of discussion for Folly Beach leaders after a long debate Wednesday night. Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin suggested a cap on the number of rental properties allowed as 41% of the beach is short-term rentals. A first reading for short-term rental ordinances is scheduled for July or August. 

Patriots Point museum director to leave after one year. Rorie Cartier will be stepping down as executive director for Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum later this month due to “personal and family needs.” An interim director will step in as the state-owned museum will look for a permanent director.

Mount Pleasant to gain two new restaurants as one shutters its windows. Newly opened Cabana Burgers & Shakes will soon be joined by James Island restaurant Bohemian Bull as it expands to a second location in Mount Pleasant. Bull & Finch gastropub announced its closure just nine months after opening.

S.C. city populations grow. South Carolina cities have seen a 1.4% increase from recent Census Bureau data. Rural communities, on the other hand, have seen a decline as younger residents flock to larger cities for more opportunities.

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