Across South Carolina

Prosecutors want to forgive student loans


HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Several chief prosecutors across South Carolina are putting together a proposal to have at least some of the student loans for young prosecutors and public defenders forgiven.

The goal is to keep lawyers from leaving public service and going into the private sector because they can make more money, said Greg Hembree, the president of the South Carolina Solicitors Association.

Prosecutors in their first year out of law school likely make $50,000 or less, while a lawyer in private practice can make $100,000 in their first year, Mr. Hembree said.

Man dies after he was struck by train

SPARTANBURG - A Woodruff man has died after being struck by a train about one mile south of his home, the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office said.

James Randolph Rice Sr., 41, bled to death after he was hit shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday, coroner's investigator J. Dwayne Corn said.

Woodruff police were investigating the incident.

Aunt is unlikely to face charges in death

BISHOPVILLE - Charges likely won't be filed after a 2-year-old girl was killed by her aunt, who was backing out of a driveway in her pickup, authorities say.

Shellnyah Hickman walked behind the truck and was struck Saturday, Lee County Coroner Alford Elmore said.

Willie Mae Wilson, 51, had made sure the girl was on the porch when she started to back up, but the toddler got behind the truck without Ms. Wilson seeing, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson said.

The incident was a tragic accident, said sheriff's Maj. Daniel Simon, who doesn't expect any charges to be filed.

Bauer raised nearly $2 million in race

GREENVILLE - Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer raised $1.7 million to win a second term in a race in which total contributions topped $4.7 million, according to campaign finance reports.

Mr. Bauer's Democratic opponent, Robert Barber, raised $1.3 million, while his primary challengers, Republicans Mike Campbell and Henry Jordan, raised $1.6 million and about $130,000, respectively.

Mr. Bauer spent slightly more than $1 million in the primary and subsequent runoff with Mr. Campbell, whose contributions included nearly $1 million of his own money. Mr. Jordan also infused his campaign with about $50,000 of personal funds.

Mr. Barber faced no primary opposition.

Neither Mr. Bauer nor Mr. Barber put personal funds into their campaigns, reports showed.

- Edited from wire reports