Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a memorial service for one of its K-9 officers. The memorial for Blue is set for Monday at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis. The labrador retriever died May 26 after suffering a medical emergency during training. WCSC-TV reports Blue died with his handler by his side. The natural resources department says Blue has been with the agency since 2017 and has worked in a variety of capacities, including helping catch poachers.


CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (AP) – The sheriff and chief deputy in one rural South Carolina county both have tested positive for COVID-19. Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon and Chief Deputy Chris Page will not return to the office for at least 14 days and until they are cleared by doctors. Health workers are tracing anyone who came in extended contact with the men to encourage them to be tested. The sheriff’s office also is cleaning its office, all equipment and vehicles. South Carolina has seen a spike in cases in the past two weeks. The state saw a record 447 new cases Friday.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A state work crew in Virginia spent Monday morning trying to figure out exactly how to remove the huge statue of Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s Monument Avenue. State officials say they need some time to plan the removal, since the massive statue of the Confederate general weighs about 12 tons and has been on a 40-foot pedestal for 130 years. Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the monument’s removal amid sustained protests against police brutality. City leaders have committed meanwhile to taking down another four Confederate memorials along Richmond’s Monument Avenue. In some cases, protesters are taking it upon themselves to tear down symbols of white supremacy.


GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina coroner has held his seat for almost 30 years without any opposition. But that changes this year. WSPA-TV reports Greenville County’s coroner, Parks Evans, will be challenged by former Greenville Police Capt. Stacey Owens. Evans says his 29 years of experience in the post is invaluable, and that the systems currently in place run smoothly. He says he also has plans for the future, including getting the office accredited nationally. Owens, too, wants to seek national accreditation for the office. But, he said, he also wants to change the deputy coroner’s normal work schedule to save overtime expenses and improve work quality. The statewide primary is scheduled Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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