Before You Go: Haley backs Mace; SC teachers speak out


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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 613 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with 25 additional confirmed deaths.

With 5,592 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 11 percent.

As of 2:19 p.m. Sept. 23, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  138,171 (+613 new cases since Tuesday)
Percent Positive: 11% (down from 14.3%)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,363 (+48)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,080,626
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,085 (+25)

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Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley officially endorsed Nancy Mace for the 1st Congressional district on Wednesday. Mace is running against incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham. Source: ABC News 4.

Teacher advocacy group SC for Ed organized a “Stand Up and Step Out” protest Wednesday, asking public teachers to take the day off to raise awareness about the state House of Representatives’ failure to pass the Senate-approved state budget that includes more funding for teachers. Instead of an in-person rally like the one that brought thousands people to the capitol in 2019, SC for Ed held a virtual advocacy day Wednesday. In addition, P&C reports that a survey found 85 percent of Charleston County school teachers had a negative opinion of the district’s handling of reopening. Source: ABC News

What we’re reading:

Vox: The extremely profitable (and ethically murky) business of reselling dumbbells

USA Today: Costco reportedly pulls Palmetto Cheese after founder calls Black Lives Matter a ‘terror organization’

NBC News: Lindsey Graham is facing his toughest re-election yet. Could a SCOTUS fight help?

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