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State senators argued all day Wednesday about the direction of state abortion policy as Republicans split on whether a proposed tougher abortion ban should include exceptions for rape and incest. Why was it OK last year, but not this year, one GOP senator asked, referring to a fetal heartbeat ban that passed with exemptions. That law is now under a court injunction pending a lawsuit.

On Wednesday, four of five GOP female senators said they wouldn’t support the proposal without exceptions. Lawmakers may reach a decision today, according to media reports, as floor debate continues.

In other headlines: 

Former Commerce, business leader Charlie Way passes. Former South Carolina Commerce Secretary and businessman Charles S. Way of Charleston has passed away at 84. His philanthropic and civic endeavors across the state have left a large impact with many business owners, schools and politicians.

Students across state show post-pandemic disruptions in learning. Results from SC READY and SCPASS test scores have come back, revealing that many students across the state continue to struggle. Test scores in English and Language Arts have shown an increase, but scores in math, science and social studies fields have decreased. Meanwhile, test scores in Charleston County have seen a small rebound in scores, showing recent improvements among students in the area.

Charleston looking for opinion of use of opioid settlement money.The City of Charleston recently received just over $8 million as part of an opioid settlement passed earlier this year. City officials are looking for community feedback on how to spend the money and combat the ongoing opioid crisis.

Tanker hits major naval station pier. An oil and chemical tanker hit a major naval station along the Cooper River on Labor Day. No cargo tanks were reported damaged.

Oil spill near Folly Beach pier contained. An early Wednesday oil spill near Folly Beach was reported to the United States Coast Guard. Officials say three or four gallons of oil was spilled into the water. The oil is reported to have been contained.

U.S. veterans launch effort to honor first Black soldiers of Civil War. Two former West Point Academy alumni started an initiative to honor the first Black soldiers during the Civil War. The two are pushing their alma mater, in addition to other institutions, to help shed light on pre-World War II Black soldiers and place greater significance on their roles in the nation’s military.

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