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Ex-band director gives $1 million


COLUMBIA — A self-described frugal bachelor who led the University of South Carolina’s band for 34 years revealed Thursday he’s donating $1 million of his savings to the School of Music for band scholarships.

University officials said James Copenhaver’s gift is the school’s largest ever and will pay for about $50,000 in undergraduate scholarships every year.

“It’s hard for a lot of kids to get money to go to school, and if they have to work, they can’t do a band activity,” said Copenhaver, who retired in 2010.

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A SENATE JUDICIARY subcommittee on Thursday approved a bill that says citizenship proof can include a driver’s license, birth certificate, U.S. passport or tribal identification. The U.S. Justice Department last month rejected a new South Carolina law that requires people to show government-issued photographic identification when they vote in person.