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First gentleman to help pick new SLED leader

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is putting her husband on a panel that will help pick a replacement for State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd, her spokesman said Wednesday.

Lloyd plans to leave the job in June. His term would normally end in January, but Lloyd said last month he'll leave early.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said the panel includes Michael Haley, who is a South Carolina National Guard personnel officer. It also includes former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and former U.S. Attorney and 13th Circuit prosecutor Walt Wilkins.

"Like Attorney General McMaster and Mr. Tisdale, the first gentleman worked on law enforcement appointments as a member of transition team," Godfrey said of Michael Haley's help selecting a SLED chief.

The panel also features Robert Brickley, a National Guard command sergeant major who has been SLED's chief pilot, state Probation and Parole Department Director Kela Thomas and Claflin University President Henry N. Tisdale.

Haley wants hopefuls to talk about unions

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday she wants Republican presidential hopefuls, who will be debating in her state shortly, to address how they would deal with unions and a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board.

The first presidential primary debate is scheduled next week in Greenville. The state Republican Party expects at least four participants: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Haley said candidates should give their opinion on the labor board's lawsuit against Boeing, which is building a $750 million aircraft assembly plant in North Charleston, expected to open this summer.

The lawsuit filed last week accuses Boeing of choosing the right-to-work state in 2009 to retaliate against union workers in Washington state who went on strike in 2008. Most 787s are being assembled in Washington state by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The labor board requests a court order forcing the aerospace company to build the line in the Pacific Northwest.

In other news

A COMPANY THAT MAKES green building materials is building a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Marlboro County. ECAPS Corp. says its new operation should bring 150 jobs to the area. The company is using an existing building in Bennettsville. The company is making a $3.4 million investment.


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