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S.C. senators on Tuesday again rejected a proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state, but left open a chance that a compromise could be reached in the four weeks the General Assembly has left to meet this year. On Tuesday, the Senate didn’t accept a House proposal, insisting on a different bill keeping a current ban on abortion after a heartbeat is present.

Meanwhile, the S.C. Supreme Court today will hear arguments on a lawsuit challenging the state’s current six-week abortion ban.

CP OPINION: Andrews, Clyburn for Congress. “If there’s one thing the Lowcountry needs, it’s less drama. That, in and of itself, is an outstanding reason to elect Dr. Annie Andrews to represent voters in the First Congressional District. But she’s the right prescription in Congress for another big reason — she’s committed to make headway, not headlines, on issues important to the region where her opponent is out of step.”

In other headlines:

Data show some Charleston creeks have very high bacteria levels. Three out of 20 sites measured weekly have abnormally high bacteria levels, leading to failure rates on state standards. Four others routinely fail. Are the creeks safe for recreation? This story looks at the problem.

Spotty broadband access getting better for some. South Carolina has enough money to make access to broadband internet available statewide, but it’s taking some time to get there, as this story highlights.

State launches Earthquake website. Earthquake.SC is a new website that will help people understand the fundamentals of earthquakes in the Palmetto State and how to prepare for them.

Feds accuse Aylor of leaking documents. Charleston lawyer David Aylor is being accused by federal prosecutors of “leaking restricted and sealed court documents that has tainted several investigations and prompted threats of violence,” according to this story. Aylor declined to comment.

COVID UPDATE: 3,086 new cases, 18 deaths in last week. The number of new cases per week is hovering around 3,000, according to new data.

UofSC women are preseason unanimous No. 1 pick. The University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team is the AP top pick in a preseason look.

New DISH dining guide highlights Charleston’s top restaurants. The new issue highlights the Charleston area’s top 50 best restaurants and a hotlist of some new ones.

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