SC House to hold special, one-day session
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina House members are returning to Columbia next week to take up two of Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes.
A spokesman for House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Friday the House will hold a special, one-day session next Wednesday. The chamber will decide whether to override vetoes left over from the session that ended in June.
One bill is intended to help South Carolina's public libraries keep out disrupters. The other is a local bill allowing a tax hike for firefighting in coastal Murrell's Inlet and Garden City.
Both are Senate bills. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to override Haley's opposition. But those votes occurred in the last days of an extended legislative session, after the House already had gone home. An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
1-day-old infant left at Lexington hospital
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 1-day-old infant was legally abandoned at Lexington Medical Center this week.
The Department of Social Services said in a release Friday that it has custody of a healthy, white baby boy left at the hospital Wednesday. The infant was reportedly born at home a day earlier and weighs 7 pounds.
Anyone wishing to assert parental rights of the infant must do so at a hearing set for Oct. 15.
The case falls under "Daniel's Law."
The state's save haven law allows parents to safely abandon infants up to a month old without punishment. The infant must be left in an employee's hands at a hospital or other allowed location.
Trooper who arrested NFL's Montgomery fired
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina state trooper who arrested NFL defensive lineman Sam Montgomery at a traffic stop last June has been fired.
The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. Salter stopped Montgomery in June when the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman was returning to his Greenwood home.
Montgomery was arrested and spent a night in jail after Salter clocked him going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. But the trooper's dashboard camera also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser because the 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman was struggling to understand his commands.
The agency said Salter's interaction with Montgomery was inconsistent with how troopers are trained to conduct themselves during such traffic stops.
Lancaster deputies investigate church break-ins
LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) - Lancaster County sheriff's deputies are investigating a series of break-ins at 10 churches.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports the incidents have all occurred in the past two weeks.
Deputies say some of the break-ins have caused damage. But investigators say nothing of significant value was taken in eight of the break-ins.
Some unusual items have been taken, including the burner from a stove, food, motor oil and a water hose.
No arrests have been made.
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Former lawmaker Thad Viers to appear in court
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina lawmaker is appearing in federal court next week on charges he helped a businessman hide assets, then lied about it to federal agents.
Court records show Thad Viers' arraignment is set for Thursday in Florence. A lawyer listed for him didn't immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment.
Viers faces charges of money laundering, lying to an IRS agent and other charges. The Myrtle Beach Republican ran for U.S. House in 2012 but was derailed after a harassment arrest that led to a guilty plea and a 60-day weekend jail sentence.
In 2007, he pleaded no contest to illegal communication and was fined $500 for threats made to a man who was dating a woman who was Viers' estranged wife at that time.
VA reviews caregiver support in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A report from the Veterans Affairs Inspector General's Office recommends improvements to the support program for family members and others who care for veterans treated at the Ralph Johnson Medical Center in Charleston.
The program provides medical, training, travel and financial benefits to caregivers for veterans and active duty service members.
The report finds that half the applications to participate in the program in Charleston were not processed in the required 45 days. It also found the center staff did not conduct 90-day and annual follow-up visits as required by law.
The report makes a number of recommendations, including that applications be handled in a timely manner.
Center Director Scott Isaacks agrees with the recommendations and said they should all be implemented by December.
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