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Review of Haley ethics case sought

COLUMBIA — As South Carolina lawmakers mull an appeal of an ethics case involving Gov. Nikki Haley, a state representative asked Tuesday that a legislative panel reconsider its decision to drop charges against the first-term Republican.

“Such serious allegations of ethics violations should not be treated lightly or hastily dismissed without a full and complete vetting of the facts,” state Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, wrote in his resolution.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell referred the measure to the Republican-controlled House Ethics Committee, which will take up the request at a hearing set for 10 a.m. Friday.

Schools could cut nearly 500 jobs

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools officials are taking steps to cut hundreds of jobs in an effort to cut spending.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the school system could cut nearly 500 positions next year in an effort to curb spending by $47 million.

The school board approved a plan to cut up to 475 jobs, including about 230 teachers, 90 custodians and 14 bus drivers and transportation staffers. Some of the layoffs are a result of redistricting and others because of declining revenue, officials said.

In other news

GEORGIA POWER customers will see their monthly bills drop by about $8 starting next month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that state utility regulators on Tuesday approved the average 6 percent decrease.

– From wire reports

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