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Sanford attends closed briefing on private port


COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has returned to work, attending a closed briefing on port security.

Sanford did not meet with reporters after the briefing in North Charleston with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (neh-pahl-ih-TAN'-oh) and Sen. Lindsey Graham on Project Seahawk, a port security project.

But Graham said his good friend Sanford had a good weekend with his family in Florida. Graham said he thinks Sanford can reconcile with his family and the voters of South Carolina and finish the last 18 months of his term.

Sanford spent the weekend visiting his wife and children. Jenny Sanford and their sons went to her parents' home following Sanford's confessions last month of an affair with a woman in Argentina.

SC steel mill no longer running; closes July 12

GEORGETOWN, S.C. - A South Carolina steel mill is no longer running, and officials don't know when they will start it back up.

Steelworkers union President James Sanderson told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that some workers remain in the Georgetown plant shipping out the rest of the steel, while others are cleaning up.

Mill owner ArcelorMittal says it has to indefinitely shut the mill because the economic downturn has diminished the need for steel.

Federal law requires the workers stay on the job until Sunday.

Sanderson has said that union members rejected a proposal from the mill owners to take a $3.65 per hour pay cut and work just 24 hours during slow periods.

SC father charged with murder in son's shooting

FLORENCE, S.C. - Police in South Carolina say a father shot and killed his son after the two argued.

Authorities told WBTW-TV that 22-year-old Dominic Lewis was found shot in the back of the head at a home in the town of Coward on Independence Day.

Coward Police Chief Kevin Miller says Lewis was killed by his father after the two had an argument that escalated into a fight.

Investigators say Joe Julious is charged with murder. A judge denied him bond Monday.

It wasn't immediately clear if Julious had an attorney.