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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson says a call for him to resign by a fellow Republican planning to run against him is absurd. William Herlong said Thursday that Wilson needs to step down because his link to a political consultant tied up in a Statehouse corruption probe "has created a culture of corruption." Wilson's campaign spokesman Mark Knoop called Herlong's demand "absurd political theatrics in its worst form."

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The guilty plea from a powerful South Carolina lawmaker may not be the climax of an investigation into Statehouse corruption, but instead the end of the second act. Prosecutor David Pascoe's plea deal Wednesday with Rep. Rick Quinn Jr. and his Republican consultant father Richard Quinn Sr. requires the father's cooperation in exchange for dropping charges carrying a six-year prison term. Pascoe said he expects to learn a lot from Quinn Sr.'s January grand jury testimony.

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) - Stanley Black & Decker says it is building a new plant to make cordless power tools in South Carolina. The company said the $31 million plant to be built near Fort Mill will create 500 jobs. Stanley Black & Decker says the plant will make Dewalt cordless power tools. A statement from the company did not indicate when the new plant would open.

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) - A sheriff in South Carolina has asked state police to investigate an alleged assault involving a former county jail inmate and a part-time county employee. Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said the State Law Enforcement Division has agreed to take over the investigation of allegations the inmate assaulted a 16-year-old boy last summer who was working for the county.

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