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GOP governor hopefuls to debate in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. --- South Carolina Republicans running for governor in 2010 are set to debate on the coast.

State party officials announced Thursday that the Jan. 28 debate will be moderated by cable television host Joe Scarborough. The debate is to be held at Memminger Auditorium in Charleston.

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, state Sen. Larry Grooms, state Rep. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Henry McMaster are running in the Republican primary.

Death row inmate files federal appeal

COLUMBIA --- A death row inmate whose execution date was set for next month has appealed his case in federal court.

Defense attorney Bob Dudek said Thursday he filed the request to stay Quincy Allen's execution.

The appeal was filed after state prison officials set a Jan. 8 execution date. Mr. Dudek says that will likely be delayed because Mr. Allen also has the potential for a state appeal.

The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to reconsider its decision.

Crash kills three in Orangeburg County

ORANGEBURG, S.C. --- South Carolina troopers say a one-vehicle crash has killed three people.

A 1993 Ford Explorer rolled over Thursday afternoon on U.S. 301 between Orangeburg and Cordova in Orangeburg County.

Troopers say there were five people in the SUV. Two men and a woman were killed, and two other women were flown to the hospital in critical condition.

The identities of the victims had not been released Thursday night.

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Ex-SC Gov. Edwards dies

CHARLESTON, S.C. - James B. Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan administration, has died.
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