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In a $14 billion budget year where surpluses rule, old-time conservative spending seems to have gone out of the window as S.C. House budget committee members passed a plan Thursday to give raises to teachers, state employees and law enforcement officers, build new schools and a state health lab, and buy more body cameras and bulletproof vests for police officers. The new proposed budget that all lawmakers will soon consider also includes a big cut in income taxes. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV, The Post and Courier, SC Public Radio 

In other headlines:

South Carolinians react to Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and local Ukrainian natives and S.C. leaders have reacted in a variety of ways, with criticisms hurled at former President Donald Trump, current President Joe Biden, each other, and others. More: Charleston City Paper, WCSC TV, WCBD TV, The Post and Courier 

City of Charleston drainage projects to split annual $1M small project fund. The City of Charleston has a special allocation of funds for small drainage projects, and City Council is weighing which projects will be splitting the money. More: WCSC TV

Charleston port turning away outbound cargo due to limited space. The Port of Charleston is temporarily limiting operations at its main container hub this week, citing “space constraints.” The port will not accept any loaded overseas-bound cargo between 5 a.m. and noon on Thursday and Friday. More: The Post and Courier 

CCSD weighs future of new West Ashley middle school. Charleston County School District is looking for input on where a new West Ashley middle school should be built and what it should look like. More: WCSC TV

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