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October 06, 2018 - 12:00 am

HISTORIC SCHOOL

Groups aim to save former African-American school

(Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Community members in a South Carolina town are trying to save a school once designated for African-American children.

The Post and Courier reports that a developer recently acquired the 4-acre (1 hectare 6187.4) lot where the last remaining African-American school in East Cooper stands.

Groups are aiming to save Long Point School — the educational center of the Snowden community from 1904 to 1953.

The newspaper reports that they're working to raise money to move, restore and convert the building into a community center.

The Snowden Community Civic Association and the African-American Settlement Community Historic Commission are trying to raise $200,000 to cover all construction costs.

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SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA FLIGHTS

South Carolina airport to add nonstop flights to Florida

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is getting new, nonstop jet service to Orlando, Florida.

The State newspaper reports that Via Airlines will begin flying from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Orlando.

Via was founded in 1997 and is headquartered at Orlando Sanford International Airport.

The company says it offers flights from Orlando to communities that include Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Mobile and Montgomery.

The airline says its new Columbia-Orlando route will begin on Dec. 3.

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POLICE SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA

Special FBI team helping probe deadly South Carolina attack

A special FBI team that investigated the slayings five police officers in Dallas in 2016 and the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas last year is helping local authorities gather evidence in what's described as an ambush attack that killed one South Carolina law enforcement officer and wounded six others.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told news reporters Friday that it's large crime scene. He called the case "very large, complex puzzle that we are still filling the pieces in."

His deputies, based in the state capital of Columbia, are investigating at the request of the sheriff in Florence County, about 90 miles to the east, where the slayings took place Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect, 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins, was charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder Friday.

COLD CASE CRIMES

DNA evidence from dead man solves 3 homicides, rape case

NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say DNA evidence has identified the man who killed three people and raped a girl in the 1990s, even though the suspect killed himself nearly 20 years ago.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Friday that Robert Brashers of Paragould, Arkansas, killed Genevieve Zitricki of Greenville, South Carolina, in 1990, and Sherri Scherer and her 12-year-old daughter, Megan, in Portageville, Missouri, in 1998. Megan was sexually assaulted.

Brashers also raped a 14-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1997.

Brashers killed himself in 1999 as Kennett, Missouri, police sought to question him in a stolen license plate investigation.

DNA evidence gathered from Brashers' relatives prompted a court order to exhume his body on Sept. 27. Missouri investigators say DNA from the corpse confirmed Brashers committed each of the crimes.

PREGNANCY DRUG DEATH

South Carolina woman gets 20 years for baby's drug death

(Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com)

YORK, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who prosecutors say used drugs during her pregnancy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after her baby died less than two hours after she gave birth in a toilet.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported 24-year-old Abigail Victoria Madden of Tega Cay pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse Thursday.

Prosecutors said her son, Connor, was born and died Feb. 1, 2017.

Prosecutor Willy Thompson said the boy died from blood loss from a torn umbilical cord and a "huge amount of drugs in his system."

Thompson said Madden and her son tested positive for morphine and several other drugs.

Public defender Phil Smith said Madden was a bright, kind person who became trapped in the "horrors of addiction."

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PLANT EXPANSION

Vehicle parts maker to expand South Carolina plant, add jobs

(Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A vehicle parts manufacturer says it plans to expand a plant in South Carolina and add 115 jobs to the site.

The Post and Courier reported Wednesday that Mahle Behr Charleston Inc. plans to add an assembly and manufacturing line to its Leeds Park site in North Charleston. The state Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded $250,000 to the county to help cover costs associated with the expansion. Hiring for the new positions is underway.

Mahle Behr is a company based in Germany that employs nearly 78,000 people worldwide. The newspaper says Mahle Behr one of the largest automotive industry suppliers. It makes products for industries including rail transport and mobile machinery. It also makes parts for air conditioners and radiators primarily used in commercial trucks.

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