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Charter district's chief wants sales tax money


CHARLESTON, S.C. --- The head of the new statewide school district governing charter schools says her district should get sales tax money just like any other district.

The sales tax money is replacing local property taxes that used to go schools, and State Public Charter School District Superintendent Barbara Nielsen wants her group to get its share, but some lawmakers say that isn't going to happen.

Ms. Nielsen said there is about $50 million left after schools get their funding and that her district should get about $14 million for its 3,000 students -- about $4,658 per student.

When the district was started, there was no money allocated to it, said state Rep. Bill Cotty, a member of the education subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.

"They got the bill passed without that," he said. "What was wrong with it then?"

Suspect in quintuplets scam wanted in Florida

BEAUFORT, S.C. --- A woman police say bilked money and gifts from people by claiming she was expecting quintuplets also is wanted in Florida on a fraud charge.

Erika Nieves-Abrigo, who went by the name Nancy Cantu in Beaufort, was arrested in Gadsden County, Fla., in August, accused of unlawfully collecting welfare benefits worth $2,375 from 1999 to 2000, said Richard Combs, Florida's prosecuting attorney in the case.

Mr. Combs said Ms. Nieves-Abrigo was ineligible for benefits in Florida because she was simultaneously collecting welfare benefits from Georgia.

In South Carolina, Ms. Nieves-Abrigo and Juan Salvador Solis were arrested last month and charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses. They are being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center each on $25,000 bond.