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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (AP) - After 4½ years and countless twists, the long-delayed trial of the first of five members of the Word of Faith Fellowship accused of beating "homosexual demons" out of a fellow congregant may begin this week in western North Carolina. The defendants are charged with various kidnapping and assault charges for what Matthew Fenner says was a vicious beating in January 2013.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina home used by Leeza Gibbons' foundation to help people taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease and other chronic illnesses has been damaged by a severe storm. Authorities say high winds Sunday uprooted a tree which fell on the Columbia home, damaging several rooms. No one was inside. In a Facebook message, Leeza's Care Connection says it will have to suspend operations while repairs are being made, but promised to reopen stronger than ever.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's top law enforcement officer has noticed an alarming trend where the suspect's only weapon was the vehicle they were driving. State Law Enforcement Division statistics showed 13 shootings each in 2014 and 2015 in which the officer considered a suspect's vehicle to be a weapon, almost double the average for the four years prior. So SLED Chief Mark Keel instituted a new emphasis in training including staying out of the way of a moving car.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new alternative certification program is being offered for college graduates in South Carolina who want to teach but don't have an education degree. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports a Texas-based company called Teachers of Tomorrow is offering a program where participants spend a year as a classroom intern and take about 300 hours of online courses before getting a provisional teaching license for three years.

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