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October 02, 2019 - 12:00 am

ELECTION 2020-REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES

Ex-S. Carolina congressman sues state for nixing GOP primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican former South Carolina congressman is part of a lawsuit challenging the state's decision to cancel its GOP primary ahead of the 2020 election.

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in state court in the capital city, Columbia. In the complaint, Inglis says the party's decision not to hold a presidential primary deprives him and other Republicans "of the ability to vote for the candidate of their choice in South Carolina's famous (and particularly influential) 'First in the South' primary."

South Carolina is among at least four states that have canceled Republican primaries and caucuses next year to help smooth President Donald Trump's path to reelection.

The lawsuit was first reported by The Post and Courier of Charleston.

SMALL PLANE CRASH

Pilot avoids serious injury after small plane crash lands

LONGS, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the pilot of a private plane that crash landed along the South Carolina coast was not seriously injured.

Horry County Fire Rescue said the single engine plane ran into trees in a field near state Highway 905 in Longs around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say the pilot reported running out of gas.

Fire Rescue officials said on Twitter the pilot refused medical treatment.

A photo of the plane showed it upright, but crashed into a row of pine trees.

BUS DRIVERS-PAY DISPUTE

SC school Bus drivers refuse to work over pay dispute

(Information from: The Times & Democrat, http://www.timesanddemocrat.com)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Several dozen school bus drivers refused to run their routes after saying a newly consolidated school district in South Carolina cut their pay without notice.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports about 50 drivers went to the Orangeburg County School District on Monday, saying they wouldn't work until the dispute was settled.

The school system canceled some routes just before school ended Monday, leaving hundreds of students stranded at school until parents or others could pick them up.

The school system says they are now paying drivers for the actual time they work and not the anticipated time to finish a route.

The change came after three Orangeburg County school districts consolidated to one over the summer.

Bus driver Thomas Moorer says his paycheck went from at least $1,000 to $500.

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DAYCARE PARKING LOT SHOOTING

Man found dead near SC daycare was shot across the street

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man found dead in a South Carolina daycare parking lot was shot by a man living across the street.

Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said 41-year-old Nathaniel Johnson II died just outside La Petit Academy in Taylors around 10 a.m. Monday.

Greenville County Sheriff's Lt. Ryan Flood said 29-year-old Nikia Allen is charged with murder, trafficking in heroin and grand larceny for stealing Johnson's car.

Flood says investigators are still trying to determine why Johnson drove to Allen's home and what led to the shooting.

Flood said in a statement Allen also shot himself while firing at Johnson and was arrested after someone called 911 on his behalf.

Court records didn't show a lawyer for Allen.

La Petit Academy said the children in the daycare were safe.

FIVE CHILDREN KILLED

S Carolina jurors haunted by case of dad who killed 5 kids

(Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly half of the jurors who sentenced a South Carolina man to death for killing his five kids say they're haunted by what they heard in court.

Eight of the 18 jurors who made the unanimous decision for Timothy Jones Jr. to die told The State newspaper they can't escape the testimony that left even veteran police officers shaken. Gruesome evidence included confession audio that detailed how Jones used belts to strangle some of the children because their necks were too small.

Some jurors say they're traumatized. Others are getting counseling and at least one got a tattoo memorializing the children. Wofford College psychology professor Dawn McQuiston says horrific testimony harming jurors' mental health is known as secondary trauma. The court offered jurors counseling to handle the case's emotional aftereffects.

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ELECTION 2020-NEVER TRUMP

Trump critics struggle to raise money for primary challenge

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump has yet to energize the campaigns of Republican candidates or aligned groups seeking to deny him the party's presidential nomination.

Still, outside spending by disenchanted "Never Trump"-type Republicans could diminish Trump's 2020 odds by wounding his candidacy even if their efforts stop well short of denying the president the nomination.

The most prominent primary challenger, former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, has said he won't solicit contributions from his longtime donor base until he's "proven a measure of electoral success."

The former Massachusetts governor and first Republican to announce a primary challenge to Trump, Bill Weld, has struggled to mount a serious fundraising effort.

Another former congressman challenging Trump, Joe Walsh, also concedes it's not been easy to raise money.

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