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The boards of Charleston County School District and Richland One School District, two of the largest in South Carolina, voted to require wearing of masks by students and faculty as school opens in spite of a state budget proviso bans masks. Districts say they’re overriding the state law with emergency ordinances to keep students and staff safe as the COVID-19 delta variant is spreading rapidly. On Monday, health officials reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases and 19 more deaths. More: Charleston City Paper

In other headlines:

Some lawmakers seek special session over masks. Some members of the S.C. House and S.C. Senate are calling for an emergency session of the legislature to rescind the state mask mandate, which was “slipped in” the state budget at the last minute in June. More: Greenville Online

On Lindsey Graham’s quest for relevance. If you haven’t read this story by The New York Times on what’s going on with South Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, you really need to. The New York Times

New research could preserve Gullah-Geechee land. A new genealogy project could help preserve Gullah-Geechee land by helping families find valid deeds and more. More: The Charlotte Observer

Charleston airport has record travel in July. More than 490,000 travelers went through the airport but the virus is threatening more gains. More: The Post and Courier