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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Long-time South Carolina Sen. John Courson will be in court on accusations he pocketed more than $130,000 in campaign donations over six years. The 72-year-old Columbia Republican maintains the charges are false. A bond hearing is scheduled Wednesday afternoon in Columbia.

ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. (AP) - Three men have been charged with diverting products from their employer. The State Law Enforcement Division said the men are charged with taking products from Southeast Food Distribution in Gaston. The men are accused of breach of trust for diverting stock and pallet worth at least $10,000. SLED says the theft was recorded on video.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - It's been a wild ride for the Swamp Fox, a 51-year-old wooden roller coaster in Myrtle Beach that has been given a historic designation. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported the ceremonial proclamation was issued Tuesday.

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A French company that makes specialty railroad cars and other railroad equipment is opening a plant in Beaufort County. Geismar will make Beaufort County its North American headquarters. The plant will employ about 50 people. Geismar expects to begin operations later this year.

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