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McMaster signs bill to support S.C. firefighters diagnosed with cancer

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill into law Tuesday that will support firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer, according to Midway Fire Rescue.

  The only debate moderator to return, Fox’s Wallace preps

  ’Save Our Stages’ Act introduced to help live music and performing arts venues

NASA astronaut to cast her ballot from 200 miles above Earth

Voter registration drive coming to Mount Pleasant

  Judge rules witness signatures required on mail-in ballots

  SC Election Commission works to update electronic poll books

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President Trump signs Executive Order on pre-existing conditions in Charlotte

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on court pick, Biden’s flubs

  LIVE 5 ALERT DESK: AARP talks about voting concerns for seniors including safety, deadlines and guidelines.

Georgetown County sees surge in poll workers

S.C. teachers group calls for use of personal day Wednesday for protest

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

If you have not registered to vote in November’s election, you’re running out of time.

Federal judge says you won’t need a witness signature for your absentee ballot this November

For the General Election in November, South Carolinians voting absentee by mail won’t need a witness signature on their ballot.

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

The report by the Office of Inspector General did not identify who made the decision to shorten the 2020 census from the end of October to the end of September, but it said bureau officials confirm it was not made by them.

Graham ‘dead set’ on confirming Trump’s Supreme Court nominee despite previous comments

The day after the news of Ginsburg’s death broke, the Senator tweeted he is “dead set” on confirming whoever President Trump nominates for the seat.

Local political candidate meet-and-greet happening in Mt. Pleasant

Vulgar, offensive tweets surface from two of Jaime Harrison’s campaign staffers

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

Quinnipac poll shows Graham, Harrison in tie in U.S. Senate race

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

New Biden ads target Black men

Those data points are not lost on the Biden campaign, which unveiled a series of testimonial-style ads Monday featuring African-American men “chopping it up” inside a black-owned barbershop in North Carolina.

  Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida

In America’s leading presidential battleground, there’s mounting anxiety among Democrats that the Biden campaign’s standing among Latinos is slipping, potentially giving President Donald Trump an opening in his reelection bid.

Sen. Graham, challenger Harrison to debate three times in October

Graham’s campaign announced Saturday that the debates would be spread out through the month of October.

Drive-thru voter registration organized in Mount Pleasant

Voter registration will be taking place at Ebenezer Mt. Zion AME Church in Mount Pleasant, the church said.

Expect US election to have consequences for troops overseas

While both talk about troops withdrawals, each has, in some ways, tried and failed.

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

The Chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem while the Texans decided to remain in the locker room.

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin.

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal bowed out of the race for “personal and family reasons."

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Most of the infiltration attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were halted by Microsoft security software and the targets notified.

S.C. leaders applaud Trump’s decision to halt offshore drilling along coast

South Carolina leaders applauded President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he expanded a ban on new offshore drilling.

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this month that would federally decriminalize marijuana.

Poll: More people think Donald Trump will win the presidential debates

In the poll, 47 percent of respondents said they had their bets on Trump while 41 percent backed Joe Biden.

  Mayor promises police reforms following Daniel Prude’s death

The mayor of Rochester says reforms are coming to the police department as community elders seek to bring calmer minds to a fifth night of demonstrations over the the March death of Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.

  Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military.

Harris won’t say if she would take a COVID-19 vaccine approved before election

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris declined to say whether she would take an approved COVID-19 vaccine distributed ahead of the upcoming election.

Trump denies calling US war dead ‘losers,’ ‘suckers’

President Donald Trump defended himself Friday against accusations that he mocked American war dead as his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, intensified efforts to frame the election as a referendum on the president’s character.

  Protesters gather outside Pelosi’s California home after her salon visit

Hairstylists took to the street outside of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home Thursday.

SC Senate approves expansion of absentee voting for November election

Now that the Senate passed the bill, it’s heading to the House.

President suggests voters should attempt to cast ballot twice in interview with WECT’s Jon Evans

The president is making national headlines for what he said in that interview about voting, when he suggested voters should "check their vote" by casting their ballot in person and by mail. “Let them send it in and let them go vote,” said President Trump.

  SC Senators hold special session to address election laws as absentee ballot demand soars

South Carolina Senators are meeting in Columbia for a one-day special session to address election laws as the number of absentee ballot requests reach record numbers.

  Record number of people request absentee ballots by mail in Tri-County

With a little more than two months from the general election, counties around the Lowcountry are reporting record requests for mail-in absentee ballots, but the increased demand could come with delays in tallying votes on election day.

Franklin Graham gives prayer at 2020 Republican National Convention

Franklin Graham gave the invocation prayer at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

AP FACT CHECK: Pence presses a distorted case on economy

A look at how some of the rhetoric from the convention's third night compares with the facts.

US officials: No signs of foreign targeting of mail-in vote

U.S. officials say they have no intelligence to suggest that foreign countries are working to undermine mail-in voting.

‘She still can’t speak English,’ Bette Midler tweets during Melania Trump’s RNC speech

The singer also accused the First Lady of being an illegal alien.

WHAT TO WATCH: Melania, Pompeo and Trump at GOP convention

First lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the featured speakers Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Delegates respond to criticism after some seen not wearing masks at RNC

One day after the Republican National Convention was held in Charlotte, we’re learning health safeguards that were put in place, may have stopped some delegates who had the coronavirus from attending the convention.

Man accused of firing gun near Trump supporters gathering in Fort Mill

Members of the group, a local organization for women, say they were holding signs on the side of the road in support of President Donald Trump.

Several arrested, American flag lit on fire during Charlotte protests on first day of RNC

Protesters gathered at Marshall Park Monday afternoon shortly after the Charlotte portion of the Republican National Convention ended.

Politics Explained: How to vote by mail in SC

While there is a system for mailing in votes in South Carolina, the SC Election Commission draws a distinction between the various types of remote voting.

Biden says he would shut the U.S. down if recommended by scientists

Joe Biden said that, if elected, he would shut the U.S. down if that is recommended by scientists.

AP FACT CHECK: What the Dems didn’t say, and what Trump did

Joe Biden and fellow Democrats spun an assortment of facts to their benefit in their national convention, omitting inconvenient truths such as Barack Obama's record of aggressive deportations and swift action by a Republican president to save the auto industry more than a decade ago.

Trump wants Supreme Court’s OK to block critics on Twitter

A federal appeals court in New York ruled last year that Trump violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.

  NAACP questions election integrity in Georgetown County

The Georgetown branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is concerned voters in the county will face problems at the polls in November.

LeBron James, other Lakers wear altered MAGA hats in honor of Breonna Taylor

Instead of reading “Make America Great Again,” the hats had “Great Again” crossed out and said, “Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

WHAT TO WATCH: Biden agenda and reviving Obama enthusiasm

Former President Barack Obama, who picked Biden as his running mate a dozen years ago, has top billing for the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.

A US WeChat ban could hurt many in America, not just China

For people in the U.S., WeChat has less functionality than it does in China. But it’s what connects immigrants and students from China to their pasts and to each other.

Ocasio-Cortez nominates Bernie Sanders

She praised the progressive movement Sanders led during his two presidential bids and offered a summation of the role he has played in Democratic presidential politics.

  Proposed effort could revive Mississippi’s rebel-themed flag

Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and three other flag designs on the statewide ballot.

Two Charlotte councilmembers to face ethics investigation over NC GOP complaints

In a memo sent to city council by the city attorney Patrick Baker, Baker said that complaints filed against Dimple Ajmera and James “Smuggie” Mitchell met the standard for an independent investigation.

Thousands of pro-Trump boaters converge in Florida to break boat parade world record

Thousands of boaters took to the ocean water of Clearwater, Florida on Saturday to break the record for the world's largest boat parade.

Trump to withdraw Pendley’s nomination as public lands chief

President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday — much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be overseeing them

Jared Kushner has “no reason to believe” Kamala Harris is not a qualified candidate after false birther theory floated

He would not say why Mr. Trump didn’t take the opportunity to debunk the theory when he was asked about it at a press conference Thursday.

Thousands of signs printed as Jesus 2020 campaign grows

Organizers behind the movement say more than 6,200 signs have been printed and sent to nine states.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

  Town councilman resigns after post of Hillary Clinton in blackface

A Moncks Corner town councilman resigned Wednesday afternoon after apologizing for a Facebook post depicting former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in blackface.

Spencer Wetmore wins state house Seat in Charleston

Democrat Spencer Wetmore won a longtime Republican state house seat on Tuesday, defeating Republican Josh Stokes in the special election to replace Republican Peter McCoy. House District 115.

Trump denies report he sought to be added to Mt. Rushmore

President Donald Trump denied a report by the New York Times that claimed the White House was exploring how Trump’s likeness could be added to Mount Rushmore.

  New poll shows Graham, Harrison in tie for Senate seat

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday shows South Carolina’s Senate race between Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham and former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison in a tie.

New poll shows Graham, Harrison within points of each other but experts say path for Harrison is ‘very narrow'

According to the Morning Consult, a non-partisan polling firm, Senator Lindsey Graham is only one point ahead of his Democratic challenger, former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jamie Harrison.

Nancy Mace donates plasma after recovering from COVID-19

Representative Nancy Mace donated her plasma to South Carolina nonprofit, The Blood Connection, to help current COVID-19 patients in their recovery Friday.

  Election officials push state to expand absentee voting access

During the coronavirus pandemic, election officials in the Lowcountry and statewide are urging lawmakers to expand absentee voting by mail in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus during this fall’s general election.

California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

San Jose’s Salon Blu is now cutting hair outdoors amid California’s recently relaxed rules on hair salons, but it is also servicing clients indoors.

US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

The U.S. Mint is asking for the public to make purchases using exact change.

  Vice President Pence comes to Charleston, speaks at Mace campaign event

Vice President Mike Pence came to the Lowcountry on Tuesday and spoke at a campaign event for Rep. Nancy Mace, who is running fo the First U.S. Congressional District seat.

  Pence: ‘We think we can safely reopen schools’ in S.C.

Vice President Mike Pence tried to reassure parents and teachers Tuesday following a meeting on safely reopening schools in South Carolina with Gov. Henry McMaster.

  Kanye West misses deadline, will not appear on the November ballot in S.C.

Voters will not see the name of Rapper Kanye West, who held his first campaign event in South Carolina on Sunday, on the ballot in November, state election officials confirmed.

  Vice President Pence, wife to visit South Carolina Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence will make stops in South Carolina, including a campaign event in Charleston, on Tuesday.