Haley names Charleston hotel exec to direct tourism agency

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed a Charleston hotel executive to run the state's tourism agency.

She's also dealing with concerns from black legislators that her Cabinet doesn't reflect the state's black population.

Haley on Wednesday nominated Duane Parrish to run the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Parrish is the president of Premier Hospitality Group.

Haley's announcement was delayed by about 20 minutes as the governor huddled with members of the Legislative Black Caucus.

State Rep. Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg is the caucus's chairman-elect and says the group has twice met with Haley on concerns her Cabinet and staff appointments don't reflect the state's 30 percent black population.

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