COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The lawyer for a South Carolina senator who authorities say converted campaign donations into personal cash wants his charges dismissed. In court papers, defense attorney Rose Mary Parham attacked the legality of South Carolina's two separate misconduct in office charges. . Sen. John Courson was indicted under both of them. Parham says prosecutors use both statutes because it allows an indicted lawmaker to be suspended while awaiting trial, putting pressure to resolve the case.
MARION, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been taken into custody after firing at police officers investigating a home invasion in South Carolina. Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace said no one was hurt in the shooting or a car chase around 7 a.m. Friday. Wallace says he expects the men will be charged with kidnapping, robbery and other charges. Their names were not released. The sheriff says no officers were hurt.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's jobless rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than 16 years. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that South Carolina's unemployment rate was 4 percent in June.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 33-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after his former girlfriend said he shot and killed a man at a South Carolina nightclub who was annoying him. Prosecutors said Tony Leamon was found guilty of murder Thursday in the June 2014 shooting at The Black and Mild Club in Greenville. Solicitor Walt Wilkins said that 31-year-old Joseph Marion was shot in the front of the head and gunshot residue was found in his mouth.
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