Originally created 05/13/02

Across South Carolina

Jails' fire systems raise safety concerns

COLUMBIA -About a quarter of South Carolina's jails lack fire-safety devices - a situation that could cause serious injury in a fire, the state Corrections Department said.

Blake Taylor, the director of inspections and operational review at the department, said many of the 100 jails with deficiencies are in old buildings. The agency will evaluate them to see what needs to be done in the long term to prevent a fire such as the recent one in a North Carolina jail that killed eight inmates.

Marchers honor man killed by student driver

CLEMSON -About 60 people marched and sang for a mile across Clemson University one year after the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a student.

Kashef White, 20, was killed by a sport utility vehicle driven by Ben Duncan, a 21-year-old Clemson University golfer, who was not charged in his death.

Investigations by the Greenville Police Department and the State Law Enforcement Division found that police handled the investigation properly.

PTA reports $16,000 in missing money

CHARLESTON -Police are investigating the alleged disappearance of $16,000 from the Ladson Elementary School PTA.

Officials conducted a financial review after vendors said they had not been paid. The review found that various events had raised the money that was never deposited in the account, said Catherine Badger, the president of the District 9 PTA.

Charleston sheriff's Capt. Dana Valentine said it may take some time to track the money and determine how much, if any, was taken.

Candidates spend big on state office bids

GREENVILLE -South Carolina's candidates for statewide office are spending record amounts of money heading into the campaign season.

Thirty-five candidates for the state's nine constitutional offices raised or borrowed about $15.6 million through March 31, the latest deadline for filing financial reports with the state Ethics Commission, according to an analysis by The Greenville News.

That doesn't include the $4.2 million raised by Republican U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham and $1.8 million by Democrat Alex Sanders for their U.S. Senate showdown.

Analysts say the skyrocketing costs are the result of an increased use of TV ads, a Senate seat not open in 46 years and the gubernatorial ambitions of three statewide GOP officeholders.


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