Across South Carolina

Sanford tours state to push spending plan


COLUMBIA --- Gov. Mark Sanford is stopping at more than 30 cities and towns across the state to talk to people about curbing state spending and putting more power in the governor's office.

The Republican governor launched his two-week trip Monday at a hardware store in the town of Prosperity.

During his tour, Mr. Sanford will tout his plans to help parents send their children to private schools and to invest more money in conservation. He will criticize tax incentives he thinks are unfair to small businesses.

Police arrest mother in death of her son

COLUMBIA --- The mother of a 7-year-old boy who claimed a carjacker killed her son was arrested Monday and charged with murder in her son's death, Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said.

Amanda Reagan Smith, 27, was taken into custody nearly three months after she told authorities that a knife-wielding carjacker forced her to drive to a secluded, wooded area in Greenville on Aug. 12. Once there, she said the carjacker locked the car doors and pressed a pillow to her son's face.

Autopsy results showed that the boy died of asphyxia caused by neck compression, Deputy Coroner Karen Cain said in August.

Chief Loftis said authorities think Ms. Smith acted alone. She was being held without bond Monday at the Greenville County jail, the sheriff said.

Charleston mayor seeking 9th term

CHARLESTON --- Joseph P. Riley Jr., mayor longer than anyone in Charleston's storied 337-year-history, seeks a ninth term today in the aftermath of a fatal furniture store fire that killed nine firefighters.

The June 18 fire at the Sofa Super Store was the greatest loss of firefighters since the terror attacks of Sept. 11. The fire has become a key issue in this year's election in the coastal city of 106,000.

Mr. Riley has served as mayor since 1975 and has overseen a renaissance of Charleston. During the past 30 years, the downtown has been revitalized and the Spoleto Festival USA established. Mr. Riley also led the recovery from Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

Myrtle Beach editor to lead Texas paper

FORT WORTH, Texas --- Gary Wortel, the president and publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be the new publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram .

He will replace Wesley R. Turner the retiring president and publisher of the Texas newspaper, it was announced Monday. McClatchy Co. Chair-man Gary Pruitt praised Mr. Turner's "long and distinguished newspaper career."

-- Edited from wire reports