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With coronavirus cases almost doubling in South Carolina over the last week, state health officials are urging people to follow new federal guidance on wearing masks indoors. The state continues to grapple with an unchecked rise in COVID-19 cases spurred by the delta variant and low vaccine demand. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV, The State, The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

Dozens of teacher openings across Lowcountry remain as back to school looms. While it is just weeks away from the start of the new school year, this year, a majority of students will be starting inside a physical classroom. Meanwhile, back-to-school events are offering free supplies and more to help families gear up ahead of time. More: WCSC TV, The Post and Courier 

Charleston to review applications to cut more than 70 grand trees amid community concerns. People across the Lowcountry are concerned about more than 70 grand trees that could be cut down if the City of Charleston and County of Charleston’s Boards of Zoning Appeals approve the applications. More WCSC TV

Housing advocates ask McMaster to extend eviction moratorium at state level. South Carolina housing advocates are asking Gov. Henry McMaster to step in at the state level to prevent a “tsunami” of evictions when the federal moratorium expires at the end of the month. More: The Post and Courier

Proposed changes for carriage horse laws heading to Charleston City Council for final approval. Proposed changes to the Charleston’s carriage horse laws are heading to City Council after the city’s department of Livability and Tourism approved the plans. More: WCSC TV

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