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BC-SC--South Carolina News Digest, SC

March 28, 2014

The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news staffer is Jack Jones. For technical support, please call the AP’s Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 919-881-9974.

MCCONNELL-COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

COLUMBIA — Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell said Thursday that when he is needed full-time at the College of Charleston, he’ll leave his state office, ending speculation that he’d keep that job until voters replace him. The college’s board of trustees selected McConnell on Saturday to succeed George Benson, who is stepping down July 1 after six years as president. McConnell had briefly considered remaining lieutenant governor after taking the college’s helm. But he decided against it, saying he committed to his alma mater when he applied for the college presidency. By Seanna Adcox. SENT: 470 words.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S RACE

COLUMBIA — Former Attorney General Henry McMaster filed paperwork Thursday to run for lieutenant governor, four years after his unsuccessful bid for governor. He said he has the experience needed for the state’s No. 2 post. With McMaster in the race, the primary with the highest-profile candidates will be for a part-time job that pays $46,500. The GOP primary now features two well-known political names and a retired Charleston County developer who has already loaned his campaign $250,000. No primary is expected in the governor’s race. By Seanna Adcox. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m.

CENSUS SC

CHARLESTON — South Carolina’s population grew by almost 150,000 people from 2012 to 2013 and the state’s northeast coast is among the fastest growing areas in the United States, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The new numbers show that the state’s population is approaching 4.8 million people, an increase from just over 4.6 million in the 2010 census. The numbers show that a large part of the increase is a result of people moving to the state. By Bruce Smith. SENT: 390 words, AP Photo SCBS101.

CENSUS-ENERGY BOOM

WASHINGTON — America’s cities are still growing, with the population boom fueled by people picking up and moving to find jobs in energy production across the oil- and gas-rich areas west of the Mississippi River. New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that cities are the fastest-growing parts of the United States, and a majority of the metro areas showing that growth are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 670 words, AP Photo WX101. Please note S.C. angle.

MOTEL BODY-MISSING GIRL

WASHINGTON — A search of a District of Columbia park for a missing 8-year-old girl is a “recovery operation,” although police haven’t given up hope of finding the child alive, Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday. Relisha Tenau Rudd was last seen in the city on March 1 with Kahlil Malik Tatum, a janitor at the city homeless shelter where Relisha lived. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 410 words, AP Photos NY112, NY113, WX110, NY119, NY118. Please note S.C. interest.

ALSO:

— BRIDGE DEATHS, from COLUMBIA — Police say a crash on a bridge over the Congaree River that killed two people was intentional. SENT: 110 words.

— CITY COUNCILMAN ARRESTED, from CHESTER — State police say a member of the Chester City Council has been accused of threatening two of the city’s police officials. SENT: 110 words.

— TOURISM BOARD, from MYRTLE BEACH — The head of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will serve on a board advising the nation’s secretary of commerce. SENT: 130 words.

— SUMMERTON FIRE DEATH, from SUMMERTON — A Clarendon County woman has died in a fire at her home in Summerton. SENT: 130 words.

The AP, Columbia

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