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    FLORENCE − Francis Marion University has released its spring 2021 President’s List and Dean’s List. It named 548 full-time students and 33 part-time students to its President’s List for the spring 2021 semester. An additional 589 full-time students and 51 part-time students made the Dean’s L…

      FLORENCE, S.C. – Just because the school year has ended doesn't mean things are slowing down at All Saints Episcopal Day School. The school, located on Cherokee Road, is hosting over 40 camps with themes like mini med school, animal planet, journaling, Stars and Stripes, dino discovery, and Olympic games. All Saints offers a weekly crusaders camp throughout the summer from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They are also hosting Little Scholars Camp sessions and specialty sports and art camps. It started two specialty camps last week: a little scholars art safari camp for rising 3K-5K students and a weeklong basketball camp for two age groups, first through third grades and fourth through sixth grades.

      KINGSTREE, S.C. — A former Francis Marion University biology professor and current instructor at Williamsburg Technical College died Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 52 north of Kingstree.

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Upending the midterm elections, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has introduced a nationwide abortion ban. The bill would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the physical health of the mother. The legislation introduced Tuesday is sending shockwaves through both parties with just weeks before voters go to the polls. Graham's own Republican colleagues did not immediately embrace his abortion ban bill, which has almost no chance of becoming law in the Democratic-held Congress. Democrats torched it as extreme and an alarming signal of where Republicans are headed if they win control of the House and Senate in November.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of South Carolina senators has voted to remove exceptions for rape and incest from a proposed abortion ban. Democrats chose not to vote Tuesday on the proposal in what appeared to be a strategy to try to prevent the bill from passing through the Legislature. The 7-3 vote in the Senate Medical Affairs Committee involved all Republican men. The committee then took a break before considering more changes as it decides whether to send the bill to the Senate floor. The same bill without the exceptions appeared to fail in the more conservative state House before some Republicans maneuvered it to allow abortions for rape and incest victims up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Questions about free speech and equal justice are being raised in the case of a pregnant Black activist serving four years in a South Carolina prison. Brittany Martin told officers at racial justice protests that she was "ready to die for the Black" so "they better be ready to die for the blue." She was convicted of breach of peace in a "high and aggravated" manner. The enhancement makes what's normally a misdemeanor punishable by years in prison. Her lawyers want the trial judge to reconsider the sentence as Martin struggles to reach her due date behind bars.

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      FLORENCE, S.C. – Republican candidates for Florence City Council District 1 Joey McMillan and Florence County Probate Judge Jesse Catrette Jr. discussed their campaigns and answered audience questions during Saturday’s Florence County Republican Party stump in Florence.

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