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Oct 18, 2010

Probate judge puts her energies where her heart is

ANDERSON (AP) – Every day when Martha Newton leaves her office, she makes a call to the Rags to Riches Thrift Store on the U.S. 29 Bypass near the intersection with the Belton-Honea Path Highway. She wants to know how many fried apple pies and loaves of banana nut bread the workers have sold for […]

Oct 18, 2010

Summerville approves business immigration measure

SUMMERVILLE (AP) – A South Carolina town has approved an ordinance to require businesses to determine the immigration status of employees. Multiple media outlets reported that Summerville Town Council voted 5-1 Oct. 13 to approve the law. Businesses could lose their license or face fines for violations. The original ordinance would also have required landlords […]

Oct 18, 2010

Long-awaited study of Charleston store fire coming

CHARLESTON (AP) – A long-awaited federal study of a fire that killed nine South Carolina firefighters in a furniture store more than three years ago will be released later this month. The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., has been studying the June 2007 blaze that gutted the Sofa Super […]

Oct 18, 2010

4 plead guilty in 2008 death of Horry County man

CONWAY (AP) – Four people have pleaded guilty to armed robbery in the shooting death of an Horry County man two years ago. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported two men and two women were each sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison in the robbery and death of 54-year-old Robert Rabon of Aynor. […]

Oct 18, 2010

McMaster: Judge right to let health-care suit proceed

COLUMBIA (AP) – More than six months after leading a charge to challenge the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul, South Carolina’s top prosecutor on Thursday praised a federal judge’s decision to allow a lawsuit over portions of the package to go to trial. “This is a complete victory for the states,” Attorney General […]

Oct 11, 2010

ACLU sues jail over Bible policy

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina jail was sued last week over its policy barring inmates from having any reading material other than the Bible. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the policy on behalf of Prison Legal News, a monthly journal on prison law. The 16-page complaint says […]

Oct 11, 2010

Attorney: Greene was just flirting with student

COLUMBIA (AP) — Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene was just trying to flirt with a teenage college student when he allegedly showed her pornography in a campus computer lab, his attorney said Thursday in the first indication of his planned defense. “He was attempting to flirt with a young lady who had no interest in […]

Oct 4, 2010

Federal judge dismisses states' gun-rights suit

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana has dismissed a lawsuit by gun-rights advocates and states seeking freedom from federal gun laws, a move that the advocates promised to appeal. The decision last week from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy was expected since his magistrate a month ago recommended tossing out the lawsuit […]

Oct 4, 2010

SC coroners must investigate deaths from medical errors

SPARTANBURG (AP) — A new state law designed to notify families of those who die within 24 hours of hospital admittance and invasive surgery is increasing the call volume for some coroner’s investigators. The Ann S. Perdue Independent Autopsy Fairness Act was named for a Chesterfield County woman who died in 2004 due to a […]

Oct 4, 2010

Prison chief eyes new cell phone intercept system

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s prison director still wants a system to jam all cell phone signals in prison, but said Sept. 30 that he is testing a less intrusive technology to block signals from phones illegally smuggled to inmates. Jon Ozmint, a leader in a push by prisoner directors to jam phones that can […]

Sep 27, 2010

Berkeley deputy in bikini OK but not sudsy patrol car

MONCKS CORNER (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy in a bikini at a car wash is OK, but you’d better not show pictures of that sudsy patrol car. Pictures posted on Facebook of a charity car wash cost a Moncks Corner police officer his job earlier this week. But multiple media outlets reported there […]

Sep 27, 2010

Ex-Lee County sheriff indicted on 47 new charges

BISHOPVILLE (AP) — Former Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin has been indicted on 47 new charges, including racketeering and money laundering, and prosecutors said last week the allegations represent more layers of a complex drug conspiracy case. They say Melvin’s cooperation with drug dealers dates to early 2001, the year he was sworn in as […]

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