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Underage candidate busted for drinking

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Democratic candidate for a South Carolina House seat has been charged with underage drinking.

Twenty-year-old Austin Smith was arrested Sunday and charged with underage drinking and interfering with police.

Smith is seeking the seat held by Florence Republican Rep. Kris Crawford.

Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said officers responding to a call found Smith wandering through an apartment complex. He was unsteady on his feet, slurred his speech and had alcohol on his breath.

Smith apologized, but said he’s staying in the race.

S.C. officials seek limit on water use

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — South Carolina officials want a new agreement with Georgia to limit pumping from the aquifer that provides drinking water to communities in both states.

The aquifer serves lower South Carolina and the Savannah, Ga., area. As more water is pumped from wells, salt water from the Atlantic Ocean enters the water supply. One Hilton Head Island public service district has lost six wells in the past 12 years.

Georgia has reduced pumping from the aquifer to 52 million gallons a day, down from 85 million in 1990. South Carolina pumps about 7 million gallons, down from 14 million.

– From wire reports

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