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Voters head to the polls today in two statewide runoff elections, one for each party. Republicans will vote for their nominee in the S.C. Superintendent race, while Democrats will vote for their nominee for U.S. Senate to take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. There are also six state House runoffs. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you voted in a primary on June 14, you will have to vote in the same party primary. If you didn’t vote June 14, you can vote in either party’s runoff primary. Observers say votes generally count more in runoff elections because of unusually low turnout, expected to be 12%.

In other headlines: 

CCSD promotes interim superintendent. Charleston County School District announced Monday the promotion of interim superintendent Don Kennedy. Kennedy was announced as interim superintendent after the resignation of Dr. Gerrita Postlewait on Dec. 29. Kennedy will now serve in the full-fledged role until a replacement can be found. The board also approved a $640 million budget.

Charleston to focus on brain health and support. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg announced Monday a new city-wide initiative for people to focus their brains in the same way they would care for their bodies. City of Charleston’s Office on Aging wants to help people focus on the four pillars of brain health.

Charleston County sets aside funds for affordable housing. Charleston County Council approved setting aside $20 million in the American Rescue Act Fund to build more affordable housing in the county. The council also set aside $3 million for emergency repairs to help keep seniors living in their homes.

Cunningham calls S.C. legislators to wait until after election to move forward on abortion laws. S.C. Democratic mayoral candidate Joe Cunningham said in a news conference Monday that he believes abortion laws should be dictated by the voters. “Trust me when I tell you that voters will tell us exactly what they want us to do about this issue in November, and all that I am asking is that we give those voters a chance,” he said. His conference comes three days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

State Ports Authority taking hit from cruise decision. Earlier this year, the State Ports Authority didn’t renew its contract with Carnival Sunshine cruises. The cruise line is expected to leave downtown Charleston at the end of 2024, but the State Ports Authority is already feeling the effects.

Summer staffing becoming more difficult in S.C. South Carolina employers are feeling the heat in more ways than one. Towns, municipalities, recreation centers and parks are operating understaffed as participation from 14- to 21-year olds is falling shorter than expected.

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