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Suspended Beaufort County attorney Cory Fleming, longtime friend of embattled former attorney Alex Murdaugh, now faces 18 charges stemming from allegations of theft of more than $3 million in insurance money from the family of Murdaugh’s deceased housekeeper. Fleming has denied knowing involvement in the scheme but is planning to turn himself in today before a virtual bond hearing. More: AP News, WCBD, The State, The Post and Courier, WCIV 

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Erin go bragh: It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Are you wearing green? Here’s how to celebrate in Charleston, Columbia, and Savannah

More than 330 animal cruelty cases in S.C. since Jan. 1. More than 330 animal cruelty cases across the state have been reported to the Charleston Animal Society since Jan. 1, according to the Charleston Animal Society. More: WCIV, WCBD, WCSC

S.C. Senate begins debate to breakup sprawling DHEC. State senators spent less than two hours discussing the bill to split up the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control before agreeing to give it a second reading, leaving amendments to be debated ahead of a final vote later. More: AP News, WRDW

S.C.-involved plan to replace USPS trucks comes under fire. The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to replace its aging mail trucks with mostly gasoline-powered vehicles is coming under fire by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee. The Postal Service awarded a 10-year contract to OshKosh Defense to supply up to 165,000 new mail trucks. The company said Spartanburg would be the home of its efforts to build the Next Generation Delivery Vehicles. The House members pushing for the probe allege that the plan largely ignores goals to address climate change. More: AP News

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