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The South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday updated the estimated cost of a long-awaited project that would extend the Mark Clark Expressway from West Ashley across Johns Island to James Island, bringing the new total estimate to a whopping $2.35 billion. A few James Island residents came to Tuesday night’s Charleston County Council meeting to reiterate their opinions on the project, as well as the new price tag. City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg expressed continued support for the project in a resolution at the City Council Tuesday evening. More: Charleston City Paper, WCSC TV

In other headlines: 

McMaster backs Democratic gun sentencing reforms after shootings. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican and the state’s former attorney general, in an April 26 statement said he would back a Democrat-led proposal meant to curb gun violence. More: The Post and Courier, The State 

City of Charleston set to review design of $22M affordable housing project. The city of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review is holding a meeting today where developers are looking for approval for a new $22 million affordable housing project. The city also launched an affordable housing dashboard to help track the city’s progress and identify areas of need. More: WCSC TV, WCBD TV

S.C. teachers’ base pay ranks 42nd lowest in nation. The starting salary for South Carolina teachers is the 42nd lowest in the country, according to a report by the National Education Association. More: The Post and Courier 

Ladson ribbon-cutting marks state’s first renewable natural gas project. State leaders on Tuesday took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the state’s first renewable natural gas project that will power part of the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in Ladson. More: WCSC TV

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