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City won't triple fees for running for mayor


GREER - The city of Greer has decided it won't triple filing fees to run for municipal office.

The fees would have jumped from $125 to $384 for mayoral candidates, according to the first reading of an ordinance the city council passed Tuesday.

The council thought the increase would align the fees with state law. However, the city attorney's review has revealed that those fees don't apply, City Administrator Ed Driggers told the Greenville News.

Black lawmakers see little need for apology

COLUMBIA - Many black lawmakers in South Carolina say they would rather see the state make progress in race relations than apologize for slavery.

Lawmakers in Georgia and Missouri are discussing such apologies. Virginia passed a resolution last month expressing regret for its slavery involvement, and a Tennessee lawmaker wants Congress to pass a similar resolution.

There is no such effort in South Carolina . Rep. Leon Howard, D-Columbia and head of the Legislative Black Caucus, said the state still has real race issues, such as the disparity between black and white state workers' pay.

Federal court upholds discrimination ruling

CHARLESTON - A federal court has upheld the verdict that gave former middle school teacher Elizabeth Kandrac $307,500 after she sued the Charleston County School District. However, the court is allowing for a new trial to reassess the amount of the award.

Ms. Kandrac, who is white, said she was subjected to a racially hostile environment while working at the predominantly black school in North Charleston.

Program will help mentally ill prisoners

GREENVILLE - Families of mentally ill prisoners can find help through a new program starting in Greenville.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is funding the program with a $12,000 grant and hopes to reach at least 100 families in the coming year, said Kelly Troyer, the executive director of the Greenville branch of the alliance.

More than 15 percent of the 22,239 inmates who passed through Greenville County's jail last year reported a mental health issue when they were booked, said J.J. Larson, a certified counselor and mental health manager at the jail.