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Burglars target Facebook friends


ANDERSON, S.C. — Investigators say a woman and a man broke into the homes of her Facebook friends after finding out they were out of town by their posts on the social networking site.

Deputies say 39-year-old Candace Landreth and 44-year-old Robert Landreth Jr. burglarized several Anderson County homes over the past two months.

Investigators say they turned the tables on the pair, arresting them after they were identified in surveillance photos the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook selling stolen merchandise at a Greenville video game store.

Budget deadline might be missed

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina House has approved a measure to keep state government running in case legislators don’t complete the budget before the fiscal year starts July 1.

A compromise on the $6.6 billion spending plan for state taxes rests on a tax break for small business owners.

House leaders are demanding that the Senate agree to a $60 million tax reduction for small businesses. The Senate’s budget proposal includes a $15 million break. The budget conference committee has not met since Monday.

Legislators must send Gov. Nikki Haley their state spending plan by Monday in order for a budget to take effect when the fiscal year starts.

In other news

AT LEAST FIVE inmates were stabbed with homemade knives in a fight Wednesday at McCormick Correctional Institution. Two inmates were taken by helicopter to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta with life-threatening injuries. The others were taken to Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood. At least one guard at the prison also was injured.