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Early voting begins today after passage of a new law to open county election offices two weeks before political primaries. South Carolina’s primaries are June 14 and early voting is available every day except Sundays.

In other headlines: 

Free CARTA shuttle returns for the summer. A free shuttle bus from Mount Pleasant to Isle of Palms returned May 28, providing safe and easy travel for locals and tourists. The Beach Reach shuttle runs on weekends through Sept. 4. The special CARTA bus is aimed at making trips to the beach easier for those without a car and to ease pressure on parking.

CofC study finds tuberculosis and other pathogens in Charleston waterways. A DNA study conducted last fall from the College of Charleston found potential traces of tuberculosis, staph, cholera E. coli and other pathogens in Charleston waterways. When bacteria levels are high, people are at a higher risk of coming into contact with one of these pathogens. Charleston Waterkeeper reports bacteria levels each week.

Shipping line bringing business to Charleston port. A Chinese shipping line with ships named after The Lion King songs and characters is bringing more business to Port of Charleston’s Leatherman Terminal. The Singapore-based Sea Lead has Leatherman Terminal on its list of East Coast stops for the new AEC Service that will move freight through the Panama Canal.

Johns Island farm to be protected from development. Ravenswood Farm properties along Chisolm Road on Johns Island could be protected from development using more than $2.16 million in state and county conservation funding. The property has 631 acres of high ground and nearly 81 acres of wetlands, with extensive frontage on the Stono River.

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