COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new report says South Carolina's prison population fell almost 3 percent in one year, saving taxpayers more than $5 million. Sentencing reform is to credit for the savings. A 2010 law strengthened penalties for violent crimes while offering alternative sentences for nonviolent offenses.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Coast Guardsman based in Charleston will spend eight years behind bars after being found guilty of several charges, including raping a woman. The Coast Guard said in a news release that 35-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez was sentenced Saturday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is making good on a promise to have more discussions about immigration reform. The 1st District congressman met with members of the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition in Beaufort last month and agreed to attend one of the group's town hall meetings. Sanford will attend a town hall Sunday on Hilton Head Island.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston and North Charleston are getting together to help people navigate the new health care law. The cities are hosting an Affordable Healthcare Information Fair at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Sunday.
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