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Republicans in the S.C. General Assembly couldn’t agree on a total ban on abortion during a special session, which means the procedure likely won’t get more restrictive – at least this year. 

On Tuesday, the House passed a strict ban that was in conflict with an earlier bill passed by the state Senate, which means the measure likely won’t be taken up this year. Currently, abortion is legal up to 20 weeks as a 6-week ban triggered by the June overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court is being challenged in state courts.

Batten down the hatches: Ian is on the way

Hurricane Ian grew overnight into a dangerous Category 4 storm that is churning off the coast of western Florida and is expected to make landfall later today. Meanwhile, the S.C. coast is under a tropical storm warning.

Latest forecast: Later today, winds in Charleston Harbor will rise and continue to strengthen. It is expected to bring coastal flooding, storm surge, gusty winds and heavy rain to the Lowcountry and state on Thursday.

In other headlines:

S.C. has 4,516 new Covid cases, 5 deaths. South Carolina had 1,827 fewer cases of Covid-19 between Sept.18-24 than the previous reporting period (Sept. 11-17), state officials reported Sept. 27. Five people died from the virus between Sept.18-24.

Will Charleston restaurants survive a recession? A deep look into whether Charleston, which has an appetite for new restaurants, will thrive for foodies during a recession.

Interior secretary in S.C. to promote telling America’s stories. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn to talk about a National Park Service program that will help tell stories about the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that included a Summerton school.

Charleston airport gets two new gates. The additions extend its capacity by 20 percent.

MUSC wants $50 million classroom, research facility. The city of Charleston is poised to consider a $50 million classroom and research facility on the university’s downtown campus.

MOJA Arts Festival opens Sept. 29. Special Guide: The festival lasts through Oct. 9 in Charleston. A few early events have been canceled or postponed.

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