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Candidate can’t be on June ballot

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Election Commission told the state Republican Party on Thursday that it effectively can’t put a challenger to Gov. Nikki Haley’s chief legislative opponent back on the June primary ballot.

The commission said in an email Thursday the state GOP can’t recertify state Senate candidate Katrina Shealy, two weeks after decertifying her and other contenders. It noted the state Supreme Court set a noon May 4 deadline for the GOP and Democratic parties to submit their lists of candidates who properly filed financial forms, and that ruling must be heeded. Shealy was among some 200 candidates for offices statewide decertified for not filing correctly.

Charge dropped in tea spitting case

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A McDonald’s worker in Simpsonville has been cleared of a charge that he spit into two customers’ iced tea.

A judge on Thursday dropped the charge against 19-year-old Marvin Washington Jr.

Last month, investigators said surveillance video caught Washington leaning over the cups before he filled them. Authorities said customers discovered phlegm when they removed the lids of the drinks to put more sugar in. But Beattie Ashmore, Washington’s attorney, says the tea was poured out, so it’s not clear what that substance was.

Washington had been charged with malicious tampering with food and would have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


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