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Millions in revenue lost in online sales


GREENVILLE, S.C. --- State officials say a report that estimates South Carolina lost nearly $100 million in revenue last year from unpaid sales tax on purchases made over the Internet is reasonable.

The Greenville News reports the University of Tennessee study estimates the state lost $94 million in 2009 and could lose as much as $569 million from 2007 to 2012.

State residents are supposed to pay sales taxes on Internet purchases in large part by filling out a line on their state income tax forms for "use taxes."

Inmate fatally stabbed in top-security prison

MCCORMICK, S.C. --- A prisoner was stabbed to death Saturday by a fellow inmate at a maximum- security prison in South Carolina.

Authorities say 26-year-old Lamont Perry was attacked about 7:30 a.m. in a dormitory at McCormick Correctional Institution and died a short time later.

Mr. Perry had spent more than four years behind bars on a 15-year sentence for second-degree criminal sexual conduct out of Dorchester County.

Prison officials didn't release the name of the other inmate.

Death row inmate dies in apparent suicide

ATLANTA --- The Georgia Department of Corrections says a death row inmate has died of an apparent suicide.

Department spokeswoman Joan Heath said 35-year-old Leeland Mark Braley was found hanging in his cell at a state prison in Jackson at 5:12 a.m. Friday.

Mr. Braley was sentenced to death in August 1999 for the Sept. 2, 1998, stabbing death of 25-year-old Kelli Hammond, an insurance agent in Zebulon.