A Ukrainian peace rally is planned for 6:30 p.m. today at Charleston City Hall — it’s one of many rallies that are planned or have already taken place in response to Russia’s invasion of the nation. Meanwhile, the Governor’s mansion was lit with Ukraine’s flag’s colors and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling on the United States to expand oil production to further squeeze Russia’s assets. One expert has warned that Russian aggression could lead to higher prices of wheat, oil and gas in South Carolina. Russian investments have also come under scrutiny and one report found that Russia is in the top 25 countries from which South Carolina imports goods. More: The Post and Courier, Fox Carolina, AP News, WPDE

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Trump to hold S.C. rally in March; McMaster to attend. Former President Donald Trump will hold a rally March 12 at the Florence airport in an effort to bolster campaigns for congressional Republican challengers state Rep. Russell Fry, R-Horry, running against U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, and Katie Arrington, running against U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace. Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday that he will attend Trump’s rally. McMaster has been an early supporter of Trump. More: The State

Murdaugh files lawsuit to block phone calls from being released. Embattled former attorney Alex Murdaugh has filed a federal lawsuit against the jail where he is incarcerated in an effort to block his phone calls from being released under the state’s open records law. According to a S.C. media lawyer, releasing jail-taped phone calls appears to be legal. More: WCSC, The State, The Post and Courier

Mask mandates fading across Lowcountry schools. Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties’ school districts are relaxing COVID-19 testing requirements and mask mandates. More: WCSC 

S.C.’s Clyburn talks about Biden’s first year. Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina has been credited with helping Joe Biden win the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2020 — an early win that helped forge Biden’s path to the presidency. In this interview, Clyburn talks about Biden’s first year in office ahead of tonight’s State of the Union Address. More: NPR/Arizona Public Radio

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