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Lobbyist repeats claim of tryst with Haley

COLUMBIA --- A South Carolina lobbyist released a sworn statement Friday reiterating his claim of a tryst with GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley.

Larry Marchant gave no proof in his one-page affidavit, which was sworn before a notary public but not filed in any court. He first made his assertion in June and said he restated it at the request of a new group of Republican activists critical of the married state representative.

Haley has denied Marchant's allegation. She has also denied claims of a 2007 affair with Will Folks, a political blogger and former spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford, who released an affidavit earlier this week.

Her campaign called Marchant's statement worthless and accused the political group of trying to generate publicity.

Atlanta gets millions for streetcar project

ATLANTA --- Atlanta is $47 million closer to its downtown streetcar.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the city won a federal grant worth more than half of the $70 million city officials estimate the project will cost. City officials still need an additional $5.6 million because the grant is less than what the city requested.

The streetcar line would run east-west connecting the Martin Luther King Jr. Center with Centennial Olympic Park.

Man in trouble for ride on baggage carousel

MIAMI --- A Georgia man admits it was "boneheaded" to ride the baggage claim carousel at the Miami International Airport into a secure area.

Authorities say Alpharetta resident Bradley Ray Bromelow, 40, filmed people watching him as he moved on the conveyor belt Thursday. He faces a charge of trespassing into a secured area.

In other news

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY trustees voted Friday to roll back a 7.5 percent tuition increase passed in June, aiming to avoid a state-imposed ban on construction at colleges that raise costs by more than 7 percent.