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SC State says transportation center will be built

James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (Source: SC State University) James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (Source: SC State University)

By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Officials at South Carolina State University are adamant that they will find a way to complete the school's planned transportation center, despite an audit that state legislators say raises serious doubts about it.

The center is named for U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn. The SC State graduate says the expected $83 million needed to complete the complex can be raised in private donations.

A report by the Legislative Audit Council found that mismanagement, inexperience and a lack of oversight are to blame for years of delays on the project.

Congress has earmarked $24 million for the project's first phase, though the school has spent only a third of that so far. The first building is set for completion this year. Finishing the first phase requires a $3 million local match.

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