Alex Murdaugh, a 53-year-old prominent lawyer from a well-known legal family in the lower part of the state, was shot and injured Saturday while on the side of a rural road in Hampton County. The incident comes months after Murdaugh found his wife and son shot to death at their Colleton County estate. Murdaugh, expected to recover, has since resigned from his law firm, which reportedly accused him of diverting funds, apologized and entered rehabilitation. More: AP News, The New York Times, The State, The Post and Courier
In other headlines:
S.C. near top nationally in cases per capita. Prisma Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Wendell James said South Carolina “is currently one of the worst states in the country in terms of COVID-19 cases per capita.” An analysis by The New York Times found South Carolina is averaging 107 cases per 100,000. University of South Carolina Epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Alberg said the state is averaging 5,500 cases per day with a high percent positive, upwards of 10%. Public health experts point to a flaccid vaccination rate. More: WLTX, PBS, The New York Times
McMaster proposes using COVID aid to widen I-26. Gov. Henry McMaster has proposed widening nearly 70 miles of Interstate 26 between Columbia and Charleston to three lanes each way. The proposal suggests using $360 million in federal pandemic aid to get the project mostly completed by 2029. More: The Post and Courier
Black mortgage applicants in Charleston denied twice as often. Black mortgage applicants in the Charleston area were twice as likely to be denied as white borrowers with similar qualifications, according to a new investigation and analysis. More: The Post and Courier
Larry expected to bring ‘dangerous’ surf to S.C. beaches. Powerful Hurricane Larry is expected to continue to curve away from the United States but it is expected to bring swells and rip currents to states like South Carolina this week. More: Myrtle Beach Sun News
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