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Two men die in home from accidental fire

GREENVILLE - Two men have died in what appears to have been an accidental fire at a home in Greenville County, officials say.

Parker Fire Chief Richard Jones said the fire appears to have started from something left unattended on the stove.

Ralph Robert Honea, 23, of Piedmont, and Daniel Glenn Lee, 44, who lived in the home, died Saturday of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, said Greenville County deputy coroner Karie Cain. The Greenville County Sheriff's Office and the state Law Enforcement Division are investigating, said Master Deputy Ashley Bethell.

5 schools lose funds for support program

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina was among five schools in the state that lost funding for programs that support first-generation college students.

The Upward Bound program provided support for 100 students a year at USC's Columbia campus. Other programs that lost funding were at Morris College, Florence-Darlington Technical College and USC branch campuses in Lancaster and the Upstate.

USC officials said they are challenging the evaluation by the U.S. Education Department. The university missed being funded by two points, said Paul L. Beasley, the director of the USC Upward Bound program.

Man's family settles suit against hospital

ROCK HILL - The family of a man who committed suicide after a hospital didn't admit him to its psychiatric unit has settled a lawsuit with the facility for $1 million.

Swain Walter Wright Jr.'s family sued Piedmont Medical Center, claiming the 71-year-old father of two was homicidal and suicidal when he sought admission to the hospital in December 2001. He later hung himself from a tree in his backyard.

Amisub, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, which owns Piedmont Medical Center, will pay $1 million, according to attorneys who were involved in the lawsuit.

Town's 6th police chief dies of cancer

MOUNT PLEASANT - Mount Pleasant Police Chief Ronald R. "Roddy" Perry, who in a 34-year law enforcement career rose from patrolling rural areas to heading detective units at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and then Mount Pleasant, died Sunday, according to town officials.

Chief Perry, 62, became Mount Pleasant's sixth police chief in December 1996.

He had been battling cancer for more than a year and had been granted a leave of absence.

He died early Sunday, Mount Pleasant Mayor Harry Hallman said.

- Edited from wire reports


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