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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- For South Carolinians who need a job, there are lots of openings in state government. The State newspaper reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/2mCr4ts ) that low pay and increased workloads contribute to agencies' roughly 6,000 vacancies. According to the Department of Administration, 14 percent of the state's full-time jobs are vacant. That excludes positions at public universities and in the judicial and legislative branches.
WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) -- Couples from Mississippi and Georgia are among four couples who have been recognized as among the nation's best young farmers. Brad and Molly Judson of West Point, Mississippi; and Ben and Julie Anna Boyd of Sylvania, Georgia, took home the awards from the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress last month in Greenville, South Carolina.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- The Emerald Shores and Rainbow Court have gone down and large projects at 1204 N Ocean Blvd. and Sixth Avenue North have gone up, but some Myrtle Beach business owners are still working to maintain some of the smaller motels built before high-rises ruled the beach.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Police in South Carolina say a 19-year-old black man spray-painted racist, misogynistic and anti-gay graffiti on three buildings, including a library named for one of the black victims of the Charleston church shootings. A police report says the graffiti left at the Cynthia Hurd Library on March 13 targeted black women, the police and white people.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Musicians from one of America's top concert halls have returned to South Carolina this week, making beautiful music in one of the state's most dangerous prisons in a collaborative process that helps the inmates with more than just harmony. A chamber ensemble affiliated with Carnegie Hall has been at Lee Correctional Institution this week, working with about 40 inmates to create music of their own.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say they found an unloaded gun in a backpack being carried by a student at a South Carolina high school. Greenville County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Bolt said in a news release that someone told officials at Berea High School about the gun around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Bolt says the principal and school police officer approached the student, who handed them the backpack and ran.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's unemployment rate has remained unchanged as the number of people working in the state has risen. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that South Carolina's unemployment rate in February was 4.4 percent, the same as January. Employment went up more than 10,000, to more than 2.2. million people. The state's labor force rose for the second consecutive month, to more than 2.3 million people.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Spartanburg County officials say a teen burned in a fire in January has died. Coroner Charles Clevenger said in a news release Friday morning that 14-year-old Abby Lynn Sampson of Inman died at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. The girl, her two brothers and her father were all hurt in a fire at their home Jan. 29. Clevenger says the teen died Thursday morning.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina lawmakers have come up with a plan to borrow millions of dollars to make repairs at various colleges, universities and state-owned buildings. The State newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/2njUdZb) the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday trimmed $2 billion in requests to $500 million. Colleges, universities and technical schools would get about half of the money. Anderson Rep.
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- A 58-year-old Columbia man wanted in connection with a 2016 killing in Savannah was arrested on St. Helena Island. Media outlets report Kevin Bentley was wanted by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in connection with the 2016 death of 16-year-old Altonise Jones. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the girl was reported missing on March 21, 2016 and was found dead inside the home she shared with her grandmother.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife's reported earnings have risen from a nearly $122,000 loss in 2000 to an almost $426,000 profit in 2015, his first year as lieutenant governor. That's according to 16 years of income tax returns reporters for The Associated Press and other media outlets were allowed to view in the governor's office Thursday. His 2016 returns are not yet prepared.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A judge says Charleston church shooting survivors can continue pursuing lawsuits accusing the FBI of negligence they say enabled Dylann Roof to buy the gun used in the attack. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Thursday. The FBI had sought to dismiss lawsuits filed by lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five slain inside Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a woman stole more than $3 million from the South Carolina real estate company she worked for more than a decade. A police report obtained by WMBF-TV (http://bit.ly/2o9t3l6 ) said an audit at Hoffman Corporation determined 48-year-old broker in charge Alicia Altman took the money between 2007 and 2017. Court records show Altman was charged with breach of trust Wednesday.
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Investigators have not been able to determine what caused a fire that killed four family members in South Carolina, but they say it doesn't appear to have been intentionally set. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said in a Thursday news release that investigators couldn't pinpoint a source for Tuesday's blaze that killed a mother, father and two children.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Federal officials took a step Thursday toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates. The Federal Communications Commission in Washington voted 3-0 to approve rules to streamline the process for using technology to detect and block contraband phones in prisons and jails across the U.S.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- Coastal Carolina University in Conway says it's been scammed out of more than $1 million. The school said in a news release Tuesday that two incidents occurred in December when someone claiming to represent a company under contract with the university requested a change in the company's banking account information. Coastal said the request appeared to have official documents with the company's logo, tax identification numbers and names of company officials.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Lockheed Martin is moving production of F-16 fighter jets from Texas to South Carolina. News media outlets report the company is moving production of F-16s to Greenville, South Carolina, to make room for expanded production of the newer F-35 jet fighters in Fort Worth, Texas. A company spokeswoman says the move will create about 250 jobs in Greenville. Defense One (www.defenseone.