State police have accused Alex Murdaugh of a plot of arranging his own killing in an insurance fraud scheme. According to his lawyer, Jim Griffin, Murdaugh plans to surrender to police in Hampton County on Thursday and have a bond hearing. Murdaugh allegedly asked a previous client who he was buying drugs from to kill him with a shot to the head on Sept. 4, so his surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy, authorities said.
In June, Murdaugh’s wife and other son were found shot to death at their family estate. The slain son was awaiting trial in the 2019 boating death of a young woman. Since then, police have reopened a 2015 case in the death of a young man. In the latest investigation to open into the Murdaugh family, state authorities are now probing a 2018 death of the family’s housekeeper. More: AP News, The State, The New York Times
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Scott, Perry, more to speak at October SCGOP event. Cleta Mitchell, a longtime Republican lawyer and former Trump adviser, and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott of Florida — current chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee — are among the confirmed participants speaking at October’s First in the South Republican Action Conference, according to the S.C. Republican Party. Other confirmed speakers include Rick Perry and Reince Priebus, Trump’s Energy secretary and chief of staff. The forum will be held in late October in Myrtle Beach. More: AP News
Southern 500 in Darlington to again open NASCAR playoffs in 2022. NASCAR officials announced Wednesday the Cup Series schedule for 2022 and the Darlington Raceway will host two races in the series. More: Florence Morning News
New Anne Frank Center aims to alter racism through education. The Anne Frank Center at the University of South Carolina is looking to reshape racism through Holocaust education. It’s the center’s first North American location. More: The Washington Post
There’s a gender gap in COVID-19 vaccines in S.C. More than a quarter million more women than men have received a COVID-19 vaccines, according to state health official data. Assistant state epidemiologist Jane Kelly said that’s likely because men seek healthcare less frequently than women. More: South Carolina Public Radio
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