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Greene is snubbed in 2nd attempt for office


MANNING, S.C. --- Voters across South Carolina rejected Alvin Greene's attempt three months ago to start his political career at the top. On Tuesday, voters in his home county snubbed his attempt to start on a lower rung.

Greene finished last in a four-way race for the Democratic nomination for an open state House seat anchored in his hometown of Manning, garnering less than 1 percent of the vote. Just three months ago, he received 28 percent of the vote statewide when he lost the U.S. Senate race to Republican incumbent Jim DeMint.

What's next for the 33-year-old unemployed Army veteran is unknown. Greene chased a local television crew off his lawn by threatening to call the sheriff Tuesday and said "no comment" and hung up when The Associated Press called him after the returns were reported.

Prison terms, college professors targeted

COLUMBIA --- College professors would have to spend more time in classrooms and illegal immigrants would spend less time in prison before being deported under temporary law changes a House budget panel approved Tuesday.

College professors should be in the classroom teaching at least nine credit hours each semester because the state is having a tough time paying for college budgets, said state Rep. Murrell Smith, a Republican from Sumter.

The committee adopts temporary law changes that would be part of the state's $5.2 billion budget. The full Ways and Means Committee will vote on those next week.

Surviving spouses bill gets Senate approval

ATLANTA --- The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would allow the surviving spouses of some state workers killed in the line of duty to continue to collect health insurance benefits.

The bill was inspired by Georgia State Trooper Chadwick LeCroy, who was gunned down during a traffic stop last year, and his widow would qualify for coverage if the measure becomes law. It passed the Senate 54-0 on Tuesday.

The proposal, which unanimously passed the House last week, would cover public safety and Department of Transportation workers.

In other news

A FEDERAL JUDGE rejected a lawsuit by a Georgia death row inmate who claimed the state's stockpile of a key lethal injection drug expired and that using the outdated drugs might cause him to die in excruciating pain. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Batten on Tuesday denied Roy Willard Blankenship's request to halt his execution until more details are released about the state's supply of sodium thiopental.

A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE in Georgia voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would bar illegal immigrants from attending its state colleges or universities. The House Higher Education committee, in a voice vote with no roll call, approved the bill proposed by Rep. Tom Rice, a Norcross Republican. The bill moves to the House Rules committee, which will decide when and if it gets a full House vote.