State audit: No missing funds at Clyburn center

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state audit says no money is missing at a troubled transportation research center at South Carolina State University named for U.S. Rep. James Clyburn.

But the Legislative Audit Council report released Tuesday says the Orangeburg school doesn't have a viable plan to raise more than $80 million needed to complete the center.

The school announced plans in 1998 for a center to conduct research and train transportation workers.

Lawmakers requested the audit after newspaper reports that school officials couldn't account for millions in state and federal funding.

Auditors say even with full funding, the center will not be finished until 2020. They say a lack of oversight and experience has meant construction delays. The program has lost a federal grant and its designation as a federal transportation center.

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