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By a 67-35 vote, the South Carolina House sent the Senate a bill banning abortion with exceptions only when the pregnancy risks the mother's health or up to 12 weeks when it is the result of rape or incest.

As public health workers at South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control scrambled to respond to COVID-19, state legislators pestered them with “numerous” requests for coronavirus testing and vaccination clinics, including for members of their own families, according to a new review of the agency’s response to the pandemic.

Decrying an "overreach" by the federal government, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is suing some federal agencies over what he contends is a plan to force the state to double its civil penalties for workplace violations. The state is also seeking an injunction against the federal government taking away its state-run plan of enforcement that has been in place for decades.

The Democratic National Committee's rule-making arm had planned to recommend on Friday which states should be the first four to vote, while considering adding a fifth before Super Tuesday, when a large number of states hold primary elections. But it delayed the decision until after November's election, lest it become a distraction affecting Democrats in key congressional races. South Carolina, with its large bloc of Black Democrats, may move from fourth to third, freeing up a large Midwestern state to go next.

A South Carolina judge is expected to weigh in soon on whether death row inmates can be executed by firing squad or the electric chair, after attorneys delivered final arguments in a case challenging the state's only available options as unconstitutional.

The negotiations come as the committee was interviewing Trump's onetime chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, on Thursday. The former South Carolina congressman held that job until 2020 and later was special envoy for Northern Ireland, a post he resigned immediately after the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

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