ILLEGAL DAY CARE
Deputies: Child dies in illegal Greenville day care
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a 3-month-old girl at a Greenville home day care say they found the owner's teenage daughter hiding in the basement with 14 children she wasn't supposed to be watching.
Deputies say 49-year-old Pamela Wood was supposed to be caring for no more than six children when paramedics were called Feb. 21 because a girl was found unconscious in a crib. But officers found 23 children, including the kids in the basement with Wood's 16-year-old daughter and an unsupervised toddler in the backyard.
Wood is charged with child neglect, obstruction of justice and child daycare licensing violation. Deputies say she likely won't be charged in the child's death. She didn't return a message Monday.
Coroner Park Evans says it appears the baby was sleeping in unsafe conditions.
SC House to debate $7B spending plan
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House is starting to debate a $7 billion spending plan for state taxes.
The House is convening a day earlier than usual this week, with floor debate beginning Monday afternoon.
The total state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 would be $24 billion, up from $22.5 billion this year. That's when all revenue sources are included, such as federal money, fees, fines, lottery profits and tuition at public colleges.
The plan punishes two public colleges for assigning books to this year's freshmen that deal with homosexuality. The proposed budget cuts $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,000 from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Legislators who oppose the cuts as censorship and prejudicial will attempt to restore the money.
MCCONNELL-COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
NAACP opposes McConnell for college president
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Local and South Carolina civil rights leaders say they oppose Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, a Civil War re-enactor, for president of the College of Charleston.
Leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a news conference on campus on Monday. The Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, a local minister and the former national chief operating officer for the NAACP, warned that if the college hires McConnell, officials will regret it.
McConnell told The Post and Courier of Charleston that he's defined by his record and not the NAACP's rhetoric. He says he has worked to increase diversity among judges, get lottery money for the state's black colleges and get money for training more black male teachers.
McConnell is one of three finalists for the president's job.
EASTOVER CLUB SHOOTING
Man arrested in Eastover nightclub shooting
EASTOVER, S.C. (AP) - A 24-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting death at a Richland County nightclub.
Tirrell Boyd has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of a man at a club in Eastover on March 1.
Deputies say Boyd is also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of cocaine. Deputies say Boyd was spotted in a truck in Hopkins and was chased into some woods where he surrendered.
Deputies were called to the nightclub around 3 a.m. on March 1 and found 28-year-old Travis C. Singleton dead in the parking lot.
Deputies say two other people had been wounded in the shooting.
It was not clear if Boyd has a lawyer.
SC congressman sponsors fair for military vets
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina congressman is sponsoring an event to help military veterans find resources that can help them in their daily lives.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is holding Monday's event at the Brookland Baptist Church Health and Wellness Center in West Columbia.
The event's participants include representatives from the Social Security Administration, the South Carolina National Guard, the SC Works employment agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Lexington Medical Center. Support groups such as Hidden Wounds and Honor Flight SC are also attending.
The session runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For further information, veterans are asked to visit www.joewilson.house.gov/veteransfair or contact his office at 803-939-0041.
Wofford College hosts health care policy talk
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The president and chief executive officer of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center is speaking on the future of health care.
Mike Riordan speaks Monday at Wofford College. His lecture is part of the college's Department of Government lecture series on health care policy and administration.
The talk is taking place in Room 113 of the Michael S. Brown Village Center.
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