Originally created 06/02/06

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Group seeking audit of Hunley finances

COLUMBIA - A group of state lawmakers on Thursday asked the Legislative Audit Council to examine the finances of the South Carolina Hunley Commission.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, the chairman of the commission, has said about $17 million has been spent during the past eight years on the Hunley project.

The Confederate submarine was the first in history to sink an enemy warship. It was raised from the ocean floor in 2000 and brought to a conservation lab at the old Charleston Navy Base, where it sits in a tank of cold water.

State Auditor Tom Wagner Jr. recently said the Hunley accounts have never been independently audited by the state but that transactions from an account used for donations are sampled like others during larger audits.

Clemson gets grant to pay researchers

GREENVILLE - Clemson University's undergraduate science departments have received a $2 million grant to pay student researchers, expand graduate courses for working teachers and provide field trips for middle and high school students.

The four-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute brings to $5.2 million the total the school has received from the institute.

The institute's president, Thomas R. Cech, said the colleges selected provide research experiences that will help prepare female and minority undergraduates for science careers.

Man charged after body found in trunk

BEAUFORT - A Beaufort man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of an abandoned car.

Timothy John Wick, 27, was arrested by Beaufort County sheriff's deputies Thursday morning. He is also being charged with first-degree burglary and grand larceny.

A police officer responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle Wednesday afternoon, and a short time later a second officer responded to a burglary complaint at an apartment complex.

After officers learned the car was registered to the address of the burglary, they found the body of Jean Welden, 78, in the trunk of the vehicle.

Killing followed long feud between men

FLORENCE - Police are looking for a man who has been charged with murder in a weekend shooting that investigators said ended a long dispute.

A murder warrant has been issued for 25-year-old Edward J. Windham, accusing him of shooting 22-year-old Robert William Allen in the chest early Monday morning.

Mr. Windham and Mr. Allen had problems for a long time, and Mr. Windham might have been looking for revenge for something he thought Mr. Allen told police, Florence County sheriff's Capt. Todd Tucker said.

Mr. Allen was shot once in the chest, Coroner M.G. "Bubba" Matthews said. Investigators said they have found 11 shell casings in the area where the shooting happened.

- Edited from wire reports


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