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Ex-SC State trustee asks judge to drop convictions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina State University trustee wants a federal judge to drop his convictions on more than two dozen charges, including racketeering.

Jonathan Pinson says in court documents filed last week that prosecutors failed to prove the allegations against him. If the convictions are not dropped, Pinson wants a new trial. He says jurors were confused.

Pinson faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced later. Authorities say the former board chairman skimmed federal money going to a low-income housing project in Columbia and a diaper factory in Marion County, then filed false paperwork to get more money from the government.

Prosecutors said Pinson used his influence to make money off a homecoming concert and tried to get the college to buy land from a Florida developer.


National veterans event coming to Myrtle Beach

MYTRLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Myrtle Beach will be hosting a stand down event for veterans.

Nonprofit groups are announcing Tuesday that Stand Down at the Beach will be held September 19 at the U.S. Army Reserve building. Organizers say they hope to provide services and information to an estimated 100 homeless veterans during the event.

It's part of a national program that began in 1988 in San Diego to help veterans with housing, jobs and other services.


SC projects get $450,000 in humanities grants

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a half million dollars for projects in Charleston and Columbia.

The Gibbes Art Gallery in Charleston is getting $250,000 to improve storage for the museum's collections which focus on the American South.

The second grant is for $200,000 for the University of South Carolina. The university will use the funds for a three-week institute for 30 school teachers. It will focus on the Reconstruction era in South Carolina, Georgia and on the sea islands in both states.


Contracts being signed for beach sports center

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The building is not yet finished yet, but contracts are already being signed for events at the new $13 million indoor sports complex being built next to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the complex is scheduled to open in March.

General manager John McDonald says 18 contracts for events have either been signed or will be soon.

The complex will have hardwood floors that can be configured for eight full-size basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts. The facility can also be used for other sports. It will seat 1,500 people and includes a cafe.

City council approved the project last year to boost sports tourism in the area.


National report says child poverty worsened in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina still ranks near the bottom in the overall wellbeing of its children.

That's a finding from the latest Kids Count survey released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The ranking of 45th overall in children's ability to succeed is the same as last year's report.

The report uses a variety of indicators to come up with a state's ranking, like economics, education and health.

The findings show that poverty among South Carolina's children has gotten worse. About 23 percent of the state's children were in poverty in 2005, rising to 27 percent in 2012.

The report shows that 23 percent of children across the United States are living in poverty.


Orangeburg County hit by up to 10 inches of rain

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Slow-moving storms have dumped up to 10 inches of rain in parts of Orangeburg County, prompting street flooding and leaving dozens of vehicles stranded in the high water.

National Weather Service meteorologist Whitney Smith said the Columbia office had received reports of up to 10 inches of rain in the Cordova area.

Smith said the Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities reported more than 8 inches of rain at the water plant. Edisto Memorial Gardens had nearly 9 inches of rain

She said water damage was reported at the Orangeburg County Library and the Orangeburg County Courthouse.

Police Capt. Carl Shultz said several motorists were stranded and had to be rescued, but no injuries were reported.

There's a 60 percent chance of rain in the area Tuesday.


Ex-Westminster police chief sentenced to 2 years

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) - A former police chief in Westminster has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling money that was supposed to be used to buy officers protective vests.

Forty-six-year-old Johnny Scott Bannister pleaded guilty Monday in Walhalla to embezzlement and misconduct in office.

Circuit Judge Alexander Macaulay also ordered Bannister to pay restitution of nearly $114,000.

Bannister apologized in court. He had been police chief in Westminster for 11 years. Defense attorney Druanne White said her client could not explain his actions.

Bannister was arrested in March 2013 after an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.


Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next few days.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday were 35 mph. Little change is strength is expected Tuesday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Wednesday night. The depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.

The depression is centered about 910 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at about 17 mph.

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