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Members of a S.C. House committee voted 13-7 Tuesday to advance a near total abortion ban to the House floor for a vote. Thirteen Republican committee members voted for the bill; three GOP members did not vote. Seven Democrats voted no against the bill, which is expected to face a big legislative fight if there are no exceptions.

Later today, a S.C. Senate committee is expected to take up a controversial tough abortion bill that pushes the protections of free speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

In other headlines:

Charleston’s Lowline project nabs $10 million in funding. The Lowcountry Lowline project, which aims to convert a stretch of abandoned railroad track downtown into a park, has secured $10 million in city and federal funding.

Hilton Head woman slips, killed by alligator. A Hilton Head woman reportedly slipped into a pond while gardening and was killed by an alligator, authorities said. The accident happened Monday morning. What to do if you see an alligator.

Biden signs climate, tax bill into law. President Biden on Tuesday signed a scaled-down version of his economic recovery bill, but it remains a victory for climate, health care and more. What’s in the act?  Now you can buy hearing aids without a prescription.

S.C. attorney general threatens FOIA suit to Charleston schools. S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson is threatening the Charleston School district board with prosecution over alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act.

International African American Museum to open in early 2023.  Nine core galleries, a special exhibit space and a genealogy center in the International African American Museum (IAAM) are taking shape to present a sweeping story of the Africans’ forced migration to America. The long-planned $100 million museum is expected to open early next year.

Scott details second chances in book. In its NPR Book of the Day segment, the station has an interview with U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on his current bestselling memoir.

Charleston-area businesses are still stressed by supply chain issues. An April study of 97 businesses by Lowcountry Local First identified problems getting products and supplies as the top commerce challenge over other issues such as health insurance, hiring and rent costs.

3 million travel through Charleston’s airport so far. A record number of passengers have gone through the airport already this year, according to recent numbers.

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