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Attorney general gives backing in bill lawsuit


GREENVILLE - State Attorney General Henry McMaster said in court papers that he agrees with a watchdog who has sued the Legislature saying five bills passed this year were unconstitutional.

Edward "Ned" Sloan sued lawmakers this summer, saying each of the five bills violated the constitutional requirement that all sections of a bill relate to the same subject and should not deal with only one county.

The bills include an act that granted a tax break to Michelin North America and one that included a tax incentive for Bass Pro Shops and allowed another year's delay in property reassessment.

Police nab two men in shooting death

ORANGEBURG - Two men have been charged with murder in the shotgun shooting death of a 61-year-old Nesses man.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams says 22-year-old Jeremy Chavis and 18-year-old Dale Gleaton were arrested Friday.

A man led deputies to Larry Bloome Sr.'s body Monday night.

Sheriff Williams says the man told deputies he was supposed to meet Mr. Bloome in the woods earlier in the evening, but when he got there, two men had a shotgun pointed at the victim and one of them pulled the trigger. The sheriff says the two men threatened the witness' life before leaving.

Man gets 10 years for killing his stepfather

COLUMBIA - A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stabbing his stepfather to death with a knife he had just used to make a sandwich.

A jury found Thaddess Ricardo Starks, 34, guilty of a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter Friday. He had been charged with murder.

Mr. Starks said he stabbed Alphonso Cleveland in October 2006 in self-defense after the victim broke down his bedroom door. Prosecutors said Mr. Starks chased Mr. Cleveland with the knife, breaking down a door to get to him.

Mr. Cleveland's wife asked for mercy for her son and wiped the tears from his eyes as Circuit Judge G. Thomas Cooper pondered a sentence between the minimum of two years and the maximum of 30 years. He urged Mr. Starks to turn his life around in prison.

Boyfriend charged with woman's murder

ROCK HILL - A man has been charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend on the front porch of a Rock Hill home in July.

Police say 28-year-old Kenward Roscoe, of Charlotte, N.C., was charged with murder Thursday after investigators reviewed forensic evidence and statements from witnesses in the July 29 death of 26-year-old Amanda Beaty.

Police spokesman Jerry Waldrop would not detail what that evidence was.