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Rand Paul campaigns in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is pushing the re-election of U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that Paul also said Monday he was visiting South Carolina to get his points across in a state that will hold an early presidential primary in 2016. Paul says he has not decided if he will seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Paul said for the Republican Party to succeed, it needs to reach more urban voters, especially African-Americans. He is proposing what he called "economic freedom zones" in high-poverty areas. In those zones, most federal taxes that a business paid would stay in the area, creating more investments and hopefully more jobs.


Analyst at Columbia police drug lab resigns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A drug analyst at the Columbia Police Department has resigned amid concerns over some of the work she did on cases while working for the agency.

Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook said at a news conference Monday that Brenda Frazier had submitted her resignation.

An audit by the Richland County Sheriff's Department found inconsistencies in Frazier's work and raised concerns about her training and methodology. Holbrook closed the lab last week, and the State Law Enforcement Division is now handling drug case testing for the city.

Frazier handled nearly 750 cases over the past three years. Holbrook says more than 180 of those are being reviewed.


Congaree Park looks into new controls of wild hogs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The National Park Service is asking for public comment on a plan to curb the growing population of non-native wild hogs in Congaree National Park south of Columbia.

The hogs destroy vegetation and disturb creek beds. Officials say current control measures are not working. The plan rules out public hunts because of the disruption to the federal wilderness area. Trapping and moving the animals to another area was also ruled out because of fears of spreading disease.

Alternatives proposed include taking no action and continuing with current management attempts. Another would increase current hog management attempts and allow wildlife managers to use some vehicles and dogs to target the hogs.

All comments are due to the National Park Service by Sept. 30.


Winthrop foundation may pay for president search

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - The Winthrop University board of trustees wants the school's fundraising foundation to pay for the search for a new president.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that in 2012 the university paid a Florida firm almost $130,000 for the search that resulted in the hiring of Jamie Comstock Williamson.

She was fired last month after one year when the board determined she violated the university's nepotism policy, lied and was demeaning and rude.

The trustees voted unanimously Monday to begin talks with the Winthrop University Foundation about paying for a new search.

The university again will use a consultant, but probably not the one it used two years ago. Board Vice Chairman Karl Folkens says the school wants to take a fresh look at the available search firms.


SC-based Sonoco packaging acquires German firm

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Hartsville-based packaging company Sonoco is buying the German firm Weidenhammer Packaging Group for $383 million.

Sonoco president M. Jack Sanders said Monday the move makes the company a global leader in the composite can market and expands its technological capabilities.

The German firm has about 1,100 employees. It operates 13 production sites, with five in Germany and plants in eight other countries, including the United States.

Sanders says the addition increases Sonoco's international consumer packaging and services annual sales to nearly $3 billion. He says that's just over half of the company's combined revenue. The two companies will employ 21,000 people.


Deputies: SC woman restrained while dog bit her

UNION, S.C. (AP) - A Union couple is charged with second degree assault and battery in an incident in which a woman was held down while a dog attacked her.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that 58-year-old Donnie Bisco Todd and 51-year-old Tammy Louise Todd were charged in Monday's incident.

A sheriff's report says the victim was visiting her father who lives in the same house as the couple. The victim said when she entered the house she was assaulted and at one point held down while a dog attacked her.

Deputies said the victim suffered cuts on her neck, legs and lips. The couple was taken to the Union County jail. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.


2 couples safe after being stranded on sandbar

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Two couples from the Charleston area are safe after their fishing boat broke down, forcing them to spend the night on a sandbar near Beaufort.

The Beaufort Gazette reports the four left Sunday afternoon but their boat developed problems near Harbor Island.

They called a relative whose boat but could get no closer than 70 yards because of strong winds and high waves. Later, boats from the Beaufort Water Search and Rescue Squad and the Department of Natural Resources also were unable to reach them.

A Coast Guard helicopter arrived about 2 a.m. Monday to make sure the four were safe. The couples were told they would have to wait for high tide before the rescue squad could try again.

The four were finally rescued about 5:30 a.m. Monday.


Rising seas expected to affect SC's lower coast

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Experts predict that rising seas will bring floods threatening nearly $6 billion worth of property in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Rising seas will also mean routinely flooded roads and less salt marsh.

Area media outlets report that staffers with the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium discussed the issue Monday with government officials in Beaufort County where the county is working on a plan to deal with rising seas.

A report by the group estimates that $6 billion in property will be threatened if sea level rises, as predicted, by 2 feet above the current high tide mark during the next half century.

Maps show that parts of Beaufort's historic district will be affected as will causeways leading to sea islands.


Leaders provide update on Charleston Fisher House

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Leaders in Charleston are scheduled to provide an update on the progress of a new Fisher House in the city.

Officials will discuss Tuesday the progress of the Fisher House being planned for Charleston to serve the families of veterans from Georgia and South Carolina who get treatment at Charleston's Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center.

Fisher Houses are facilities where the families of veterans can stay while the vets are receiving medical care.

The medical center serves more than 4,500 in-patient veterans each year from 22 coastal counties between Myrtle Beach and Savannah.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Livingston, a Medal of Honor winner, are attending the event.


Richland coroner giving info about safe baby sleep

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Richland County Coroner Gary Watts is hoping to educate parents and caregivers about ways to ensure that babies sleep safely.

Watts has scheduled a news conference on Tuesday at Lamar Outdoor Advertising in Columbia. He says he's giving out information on his office's new program to train and educate caregivers of infants.

Watts says many child fatalities are directly related to unsafe sleep practices.

The coroner also says he's going to start holding free workshops on safe baby sleep practices. More information on those events will be released later.

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