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In a Tuesday vote with national implications, voters in conservative Kansas overwhelmingly rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that called for no right to abortion in the state. 

While there is still limited access to abortion in the state, the 59-41 vote is seen as illustrative of a majority coalition of voters who view abortion differently than the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down constitutional abortion protection in June.

In the new issue of the Charleston City Paper, you can read how abortion now works in South Carolina thanks to a law that now bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. (Answer: women often now go to another state for reproductive health care.)

In other headlines:

State judge won’t issue gag order in Murdaugh murder case. A state judge says he won’t issue a gag order in the double-murder case of disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh.

Death penalty challenge continues. Lawyers in a Columbia court continue a case questioning the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty by firing squad or electrocution.

Senate passes toxic exposure bill impacting veterans. After a long fight on a package of legislation to cover impacts of toxic exposure from burn pits and other chemicals to military veterans while they were serving, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation by an 86-11 vote. Last week, more than two dozen Republicans stalled the bill. The measure, which now heads to President Biden, includes language to help thousands of Marines exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Deputy attorney general visits Charleston’s Eastside. Deputy U.S. Attorney General Lisa Monaco visited with Eastside residents in Charleston during a community-building event.

Families of Haley, Clyburn given shares of slot machine company. The husband of former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and brother of U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn received shares of a company that leased slot machines to a N.C. tribal casino that needed help last year, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

Charleston superintendent cuts chief of staff job. CCSD Superintendent Donald Kennedy has ended the district’s chief of staff position. He reportedly is working on a separation agreement with Erica Taylor, who held the job.

Covid tests still required on S.C. Carnival cruises. While the company adjusted its test requirements in some places, it wasn’t for S.C. cruises.

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