University of SC could raise tuition 3.9 percent

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Tuition is likely to rise at USC's main campus

COLUMBIA --- University of South Carolina students will likely be paying more this fall.

The executive committee of the university board unanimously recommended a 3.9 percent tuition increase for the school's main campus, The State reported Saturday.

The full board is expected to discuss the proposal June 30.

The recommendation calls for in-state students to pay $191 more this fall, for a total of $5,084. Out-of-state students would pay $495 more for a total of $13,176.

Tuition at the university's School of Medicine could increase by 6.25 percent, and pharmacy students could pay an additional 5 percent.

The proposed increases are in line with those at other public colleges in South Carolina.

Bill stops towns from mailing traffic tickets

COLUMBIA --- Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a bill designed to stop a town from using a traffic camera to send speeders a ticket in the mail.

The law bars towns from mailing traffic tickets and requires officers to hand-deliver them along the roadside.

The Jasper County town of Ridgeland has used speed cameras since August along a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that's inside town limits.

Lawmakers have accused Ridgeland officials of flouting state law that already barred tickets based only on photographic evidence. Town officials argued their radar and camera system was legal because it's monitored by an officer.

Haley also signed a measure barring metal recyclers from paying cash for copper. Instead, they must use checks, which can be traced. The measure is meant to discourage thieves from gutting air-conditioning units and farm irrigation systems.

The bill also requires sellers to obtain free permits from local law enforcement to sell copper. Recyclers are barred from buying copper from anyone who doesn't have a permit.


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