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Parking garages run deficit at USC


COLUMBIA — The Univer­sity of South Carolina has spent $4 million in the past three years to cover deficits on a pair of underused parking garages, and it could be six years before they break even.

The Discovery and Hori­zon garages at the school’s Innovista research campus are falling short of revenue projections by roughly $764,000 a year, The State reported Sunday.

The two structures cost nearly $34 million combined when they were built. They have spaces for nearly 2,400 vehicles, but the Inno­vista campus is smaller than originally planned and has fewer tenants.

USC Chief Financial Officer Ed Walton said it expects demand to grow in the next few years as the student population increases.

Bond denied for manhunt suspect

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A judge denied bond Sunday for the suspect in a manhunt that led to 10 Greenville schools going on lockdown.

Patrick Dean Lowrance appeared before a judge Sunday morning for a hearing, The Greenville News reported.

Judge Michael O’Brien read Lowrance his rights and listed the charges against the 25-year-old before denying him bond. O’Brien said Lowrance is a flight risk.

Investigators say Lowrance fired at police officers checking on a suspicious license plate Friday. Neither officer was hurt. Lowrance was found hours later. He is also charged with robbing a Wendy’s restaurant in a separate incident.