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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The Grand Strand is expecting a crowd for the Easter weekend, and officials hope it's a sign of what's ahead for the upcoming tourist season. Taylor Damonte of Coastal Carolina University's Center for Resort Tourism expects lodging occupancy to hit about 93 percent because Easter occurs later this year.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate is continuing to go down. The rate was 5.5 percent in March. That's down from 5.7 percent in February. The drop means the state's unemployment rate has now fallen for 10 straight months. Nationally, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March.

LATTA, S.C. (AP) - The police chief in Latta says she was fired because she's gay. About 100 people attended a special town council meeting Thursday, hoping to be heard on the firing of Crystal Moore. But Mayor Earl Bullard fired Moore on Tuesday and has refused to say why because it's a personnel matter.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Medical University of South Carolina has a new president. The university board of trustees yesterday selected Dr. David Cole to lead the university in Charleston. Cole is the chairman of the university's Department of Surgery and president of MUSC Physicians.

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