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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE-CAR CRASH

UNDATED — A South Carolina Republican who ousted U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is speaking with reporters for the first time since she was severely injured in a car wreck last month. A spokesman for 47-year-old Katie Arrington says the state representative plans to hold a news conference Friday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 2:30 p.m. news conference.

SOUTH CAROLINA BUDGET-VETOES

COLUMBIA — Gov. Henry McMaster is removing $16 million for health care from the South Carolina budget to make sure no taxpayer money goes to abortion providers, even though some fellow Republicans said less than $100,000 of it would go to Planned Parenthood. Other Republicans urged McMaster, who is running for re-election this year, to veto $34 million from the $8 billion budget. But the governor's office said eliminating all that money would keep 700,000 women and children from getting prescriptions through Medicaid. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

DUKE ENERGY-COAL ASH

RALEIGH, N.C. — A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators means electricity consumers could be seeing a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created by spending decades burning coal to produce power. State utilities regulators late last month decided that both North Carolina divisions of the country's No. 2 power company could charge ratepayers the first $778 million chunk of a cleanup projected to cost about $5 billion. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 590 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-UNDERAGE MARRIAGES

UNDATED — Nearly 7,000 underage girls — some as young as 12 and 13 — have wed older males in South Carolina over the past 20 years, endangered by decades-old legal loopholes that can expose children to sexual abuse. In some cases, these grooms are much older. Since 1997, dozens of South Carolina men in their 40s, 50s and 60s have married teenage girls who were not yet 18. By Lauren Sausser, The Post and Courier of Charleston. SENT: 2,850 words as an AP Member Exchange.

IN BRIEF:

— APARTMENT SHOOTING DEATH, from WEST COLUMBIA — One man has died and two other people have been hurt in a shooting at an apartment complex in South Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD SHOT, from ANDERSON — Authorities in South Carolina say a 3-year-old girl was shot during a dispute over fireworks. SENT: 130 words.

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