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BC-SC--South Carolina News Digest, SC

April 16, 2014

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

SUPCO-FATAL DOG ATTACK

COLUMBIA — The conviction of a Dillon County man whose dogs killed a 10-year-old boy should be reinstated, state prosecutors told the state Supreme Court Tuesday, saying a lower court was wrong to throw out the case over autopsy photographs. The Attorney General’s office is appealing the Court of Appeals’ decision to overturn Bentley Collins’ conviction and prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter and owning dangerous animals. In 2006, six of Collins’ dogs attacked, mauled and killed John Matthew Davis, whose body was found in Collins’ yard. Davis’ house was less than a mile away. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 360 words.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

COLUMBIA — A Senate committee on Tuesday postponed discussion of legislation targeting domestic violence in South Carolina because the Senate session ran late. The Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to take up a bill that defines dating violence as assaulting, threatening or stalking someone in a current or past relationship. The committee plans to discuss the issue when it reconvenes May 29. By Andrew Coffman Smith. SENT: 290 words.

CRUZ-SOUTH CAROLINA

CHARLESTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a potential Republican presidential contender in 2016, returned to South Carolina with a scheduled speech at the Free Enterprise Foundation’s annual awards dinner at The Citadel. The foundation, based at the state military college, is a research institution dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of free enterprise. By Bruce Smith. SENT: 400 words.

BORDER WATERS PATROLS

CHARLESTON — U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police are training together in South Carolina and then riding along with each other to patrol waterways along the United-States-Canadian border, checking for everything from safety violations to drug and cigarette running. “It’s good news for security on both sides of the border. It’s good news for the taxpayers - one ship instead of two - and of course it’s wonderful to watch the partnership in training,” Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States said Tuesday as he visited the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy. By Bruce Smith. SENT: 370 words, AP Photos SCBS101, SCBS102.

ALSO:

— PARTY SHOOTING, from FLORENCE — A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after admitting he shot a woman after arguing with her at a party in Florence County. SENT: 90 words.

The AP, Columbia

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