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June 18, 2018 - 12:00 am

STATE BUDGET

S Carolina Senate, House leaders still apart on $8B budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Members of a committee trying to hash out difference between the proposed South Carolina budget passed by the House and Senate have made little progress.

The conference committee discussing the $8 billion state budget met for the first time Monday, but immediately noted an impasse on how to spend $67 million at first earmarked to pay for debt.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman wants to use the money to pay for a new crime lab for the State Law Enforcement Division as well as extra money to state prisons.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian White says House members have different ideas.

The state's current budget ends June 30, but lawmakers passed a bill before adjourning in May to continue funding until a spending plan is approved.

TEST DRIVE-STOLEN CARS

Man stealing cars at dealerships across South Carolina

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Police across South Carolina are trying to find a man who is taking cars from dealerships across the state.

Sumter County deputies said Monday the man most recently stole a new car from a Sumter dealership, drove it to Beaufort and left it at a dealership there before stealing another car.

Sheriff's spokesman Ken Bell said in a release the man changes the subject when a salesperson asks for his license, then gets the keys to test drive the car alone and never comes back.

Bell says the suspect has stolen several cars this way across the Midlands and Lowcountry.

WARREN-NORMAN ENDORSEMENT

US Rep. Ralph Norman backing Warren in SC governor's race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican member of South Carolina's congressional delegation is again coming out in support of a candidate challenging Gov. Henry McMaster for the GOP nomination.

U.S. Ralph Norman on Monday announced his support for Greenville businessman John Warren over McMaster in the upcoming June 26 runoff.

The first-term congressman initially backed former state public health chief Catherine Templeton, who finished third in last week's GOP primary. Templeton announced last week she was backing Warren in the runoff.

Norman is a real estate developer and former state lawmaker and was elected to the U.S. House in a special election last year. He's seeking his first full term. His district crosses 11 counties from near Columbia, north to spillover suburbs of the banking hub of Charlotte, North Carolina.

DOUBLE FATAL

Georgia brother, sister die in South Carolina wreck

FAIR PLAY, S.C. (AP) — A brother and sister from Georgia have been killed and two other family members were hurt in a wreck on Interstate 85 in South Carolina.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told news outlets that 20-year-old Nicholas Wolwark and 15-year-old Kirana Wolwark of Kennesaw, Georgia, were killed in the wreck Saturday morning.

Shore said the victim's 17-year-old sister lost control of their sports utility vehicle, which ran off the road and overturned near Fair Play. The coroner says the victims were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the SUV.

Shore said their mother was in the front passenger seat. The driver and mother were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. There was no word on their condition. Their names were not released.

LAKE SEARCH

Crews search South Carolina lake for missing swimmer

IRMO, S.C. (AP) — Crews are searching a South Carolina lake after a man jumped into the water and did not resurface.

News outlets reported the search started on Lake Murray near Irmo early Sunday afternoon. Richland County Sheriff's Sgt. Amanda Jordan said the man jumped from a boat into the water and was not seen again.

Capt. Robert McCullough with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said the man was a 47-year-old Lexington resident. His name has not been released.

Sgt. Rhett Bickley said three people on a pontoon jumped into the water and only two made it back to the boat. Bickley said the lake is about 60 feet (18 meters) deep where the man disappeared.

Crews resumed the search shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.

SWIMMING DEATH

Man dies after swimming in South Carolina lake

WATERLOO, S.C. (AP) — A man has died after he jumped into a South Carolina lake.

News outlets reported the man jumped from a pontoon boat into Lake Greenwood in Laurens County around 6 p.m. Sunday and then complained he was having trouble in the water.

The man made it out of the water and a nurse tried to revive him. An autopsy was planned Tuesday.

The man's name has not been released.

Laurens County officials and the Department of Natural Resources are investigating.

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