Across South Carolina

House Democrats call for Sanford to resign


COLUMBIA --- South Carolina's House Democrats on Friday called on Republican Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

Their near-unanimous voice vote came as they wrapped up two days of agenda-setting in Charleston and House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Mr. Sanford is doing everything he can to keep an ethics investigation secret.

A disgraced and ineffective Mr. Sanford stands in the way of dealing with issues from jobs to education and an impeachment could bog the Legislature down next year, House Minority Leader Harry Ott of St. Matthews said.

The House GOP Majority Caucus and state Republican Party have called for Mr. Sanford's resignation, but he said he won't be railroaded from office, won't resign and will fight efforts to impeach him.

Mr. Sanford's spokesman Ben Fox said the move shows legislators are out of touch. "We continue to see a disconnect between working people and some politicians on where we go from here. We're hearing overwhelmingly that people are ready to get back to work, and that's where our focus has been and will continue to be," Mr. Fox said.

Swine flu kills woman after she gave birth

COLUMBIA --- A doctor says a pregnant woman in South Carolina died from swine flu shortly after giving birth.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Dr. Anthony Gregg told WIS-TV that the woman had not received any kind of flu vaccine and her other children had gotten sick a few weeks before she died.

Dr. Gregg says the baby was delivered healthy and has yet to show any signs of the flu.

Dr. Gregg says he can't release the woman's name or other information about her or her treatment because of health care privacy laws.