Former S.C. Gov. David Beasley, who is head of the U.N. World Food Program, said people are being “starved to death” in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol. He predicted the country’s humanitarian crisis is likely to worsen as Russia intensifies its assault on the strategic port city in the coming weeks.

“Beasley also warned in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press in Kyiv that Russia’s invasion of grain-exporting Ukraine risks destabilizing nations far from its shores and could trigger waves of migrants seeking better lives elsewhere.”

Meanwhile, several S.C. members of Congress say they’re proud to be on a list of people who Russian leader Vladimir Putin says can’t visit Russia.

In other recent news:

S.C. Senate’s $12.6B budget gives workers raises, no bonuses. South Carolina’s budget will likely face intense negotiations after Senate budget writers advanced a $12.6 billion plan based on $2 billion in income tax cuts and rebates. Education advocates say they’re disappointed with the Senate’s plan. Bonuses also are in question, The State reports.

Lawsuit over S.C. execution methods can move forward, judge rules. A lawsuit brought by four death row inmates challenging South Carolina’s execution methods can move forward, a judge ruled Thursday.

S.C. juvenile justice agency agrees to reform main prisonThe South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice announced Thursday that it will reform its beleaguered central prison for youths under a settlement agreement with the federal government.

McMaster signs bill on convention of states. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill into law to make changes to the Constitution by putting spending checks on the federal government, curbing the federal government’s jurisdiction and power, and setting term limits for Congress. South Carolina joins 18 other states that have passed similar laws.

McMaster amasses $5M for 2022 reelection. McMaster has raised more than $5 million ahead of midterm elections. Neither of his opponents in the upcoming June primary have undertaken significant fundraising. Former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham is leading the Democratic fundraising field with $1.7 million raised so far.

Farmer to retire after nearly a decade as S.C. insurance chief. Ray Farmer will retire this week as chief of South Carolina’s Department of Insurance after nearly a decade on the job, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

Billions at stake as Lancaster County gold mine expands. A mining company that has been digging in Lancaster County struck a deal with environmentalists that could expand the project from 4,500 acres to nearly 5,400.

This story originally appeared in CP’s sister publication Statehouse Report.

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