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SC State president seeks $13.6 million


COLUMBIA — The president of South Carolina State University asked lawmakers Wednesday for $13.6 million to pay bills that began piling up in October, but it remains unclear whether they’ll provide the cash and what happens if they don’t.

President Thomas Elzey sought a direct payment, saying that would eliminate the university’s deficit and start next school year “with a clean sheet of paper.” But a loan would at least solve the immediate cash flow crisis, he told the Budget and Control Board.

Attorney sentenced in extortion case

COLUMBIA — Richard Breibart, once a high-profile attorney in South Carolina who handled a number of civil and criminal cases in a decades-long career, was sentenced Wednesday to serve more than five years in federal prison for stealing more than $2 million from his clients.

Breibart, 63, also was ordered to pay back $2.4 million to more than a dozen of his clients. Prosecutors have said that the Lexington attorney scared clients into thinking they could be facing possible investigations or Internal Revenue Service penalties, urging them put hundreds of thousands of dollars into his law firm’s trust account.

In other news

AUTHORITIES ARE searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers who were killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution. The Savannah Morning News reported Tuesday that the weekend vandalism left as much as $25,000 in damage to the Soldiers Stone Monument at Battlefield Memorial Park.

ORGANIZERS OF THE annual Redneck Games in East Dublin, Ga., say the event has been canceled this year because they have been unable to obtain the sponsorships necessary.