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Co-director selected for SRS ecology lab

Plant ecophysiologist Ken McLeod has been appointed co-director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, joining co-director Carl Bergmann, who was appointed director in January 2007.

The pair will direct the Savannah River Site laboratory's research and education missions. Their administrative roles will involve coordinating the research projects of faculty, technical staff and students at the lab.

Fort's provider settles trade violation case

A Texas company that held a contract to provide goods for the Army at Fort Gordon has agreed to pay $1.6 million concerning allegations it violated trade agreements.

U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr. said Wednesday afternoon that Tifco Industries Inc. was cooperative in reaching a settlement with the government. The Houston-based company was accused of violating the Trade Agreements Act and the False Claims Act.

The settlement was reached before any lawsuit was filed, Mr. Booth said.

No criminal charges are involved.

Tifco's contract bars the company from providing goods made in non-designated countries, Mr. Booth said. In this case, some of the goods were made in China and Taiwan, he said.

The goods were basic items such as flashlights, screwdrivers and washing equipment. Mr. Booth said his office was notified by the Army criminal investigation command and the General Service Administration.

Men charged in fatal shooting of 19-year-old

Two Allendale County men have been arrested and charged in a murder last month, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's Low Country Region.

Tyrell Damon Odoms, 20, and Laparis S. Flowers, 18, are accused of shooting 19-year-old Christopher Dorch on Jan. 17 in Blackville, S.C., in Barnwell County.

SLED agents say they believe the men approached Mr. Dorch in a convenience store parking lot and fired several shots at him.

Home robbery suspect sought in Waynesboro

Waynesboro police are searching for a suspect in the robbery of a home last month.

Police say Damien Chance, 20, robbed the home in the 900 block of Quaker Road Drive between Jan. 22 and 27 while the owner was at the hospital, Investigator Claude Wade said. DVD players, luggage, jewelry and a flat-screen TV were taken.

Burn patient is killed in ambulance wreck

LEXINGTON, S.C. --- A Joseph M. Still Burn Center patient has died after the ambulance he was in wrecked on Interstate 20 in central South Carolina.

State troopers say the ambulance ran off the right side of I-20 near the U.S. Highway 378 exit in Lexington County about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, hitting a sign and a tree before going back across the highway and striking the concrete wall in the median.

Authorities say Richard Bryant, 51, of Stanley, N.C., died at a hospital, and the driver and a paramedic suffered minor injuries.