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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) - With less than four months until South Carolina voters pick their next governor, a Republican group is taking on the Democratic nominee for backing tax increases. The Republican Governors Association on Tuesday launched a website accusing state Rep. James Smith of Columbia of "consistently and shamelessly" supporting tax hikes. The website provides no details backing up the RGA's assertions.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A motorcyclist has been arrested and charged with hitting and killing a pedestrian in South Carolina last month. Twenty-four-year-old Sean Austin Merriman of Ladson turned himself in to police in North Charleston on Monday and has been charged with reckless homicide. Fifty-five-year-old Damian Lawton Brown of North Charleston died after being hit June 23.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Officials have released the names of two teens found shot to death at an apartment complex near the South Carolina coast. The Charleston County Coroner's Office said 15-year-old Taleket Williams and 17-year-old Juquel Young, both of Charleston, were killed Sunday night. No arrests have been made.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina lottery generated a record $435 million for education for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The South Carolina Education Lottery said Monday the increase comes from the popularity of instant "scratch-off" games, as well as the draw number games. The previous record was $405 million. The money mostly goes for college scholarships.

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