Nine people were shot Monday night in a mass shooting in Charleston’s East Side that has the mayor calling for action to reduce gun violence. Also in the incident, an officer was hurt by broken glass after a bullet hit his car window and two deputies were assaulted while responding, authorities said.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg at a Tuesday afternoon press conference demanded action be taken to address rampant gun violence across the United States and in the Lowcountry, proposing eight action items to keep the community safe. More: Charleston City Paper, WCBD TV, WCSC TV, The Post and Courier, Associated Press
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Tropical storm activity already brewing as hurricane season officially kicks off. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s projection calls for a 70% probability of 14 to 21 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes. More: The Post and Courier, NOLA.com, Associated Press, WCSC TV
North Charleston police announce LGBTQ+ liaisons, Pride flag pins. The North Charleston Police Department on Tuesday announced two initiatives that aim to strengthen the relationship between the agency and the LGBTQ+ community. More: WCBD TV
Early voting starts in S.C. for the first time. South Carolina began regular early voting across the state for the first time Tuesday after legislators passed a bill allowing anyone to cast a ballot without an excuse for two weeks before Election Day. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV
COVID levels nearly 6 times higher than last Memorial Day, data show. While Memorial Day travel plans marked a return to normalcy for many American families this year, confirmed COVID-19 cases were nearly six times higher than last year, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Case totals are likely even higher. More: ABC News, The Washington Post
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