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Gilda Cobb-Hunter

A plague of mosquitoes vexes South Carolina after the floods

After rainfall and floods of almost biblical proportions, South Carolina is seeing a plague of mosquitoes. Now, lawmakers from both parties agree exterminating them must be a priority — even if it means spending actual money.

There's bipartisan support for killing the tiny bloodsuckers that have been tormenting residents following last month's historic rainfall that flooded several areas of the state. Lawmakers said Thursday they want the federal government to pay for the anti-mosquito campaign, but if it doesn't, the state should consider picking up the tab.

The total price tag for all counties that are part of the federal emergency declaration is estimated at $39...