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September 20, 2018 - 12:00 am

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The Latest: NFL's Panthers donating to help Florence victims

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The new owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers has announced an initial package to aid Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in North and South Carolina.

Owner David Tepper and Panthers Charities announced the donations in a news release Thursday.

The package includes a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross, $450,000 to regional food banks through 25,000 emergency food packs, as well as aid to high school athletic programs affected by storm damage.

The Panthers staff and players will engage in direct service projects for impacted areas.

The team is also spearheading and coordinating an effort with college football programs in North and South Carolina to unveil a special "One Carolina" helmet sticker to be worn during games on Saturday. Panthers players will wear the sticker during Sunday's home game against Cincinnati.

PROSECUTOR SPENDING

Prosecutor facing more charges related to public funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chief prosecutor for South Carolina's capital city is facing more charges related to alleged misspending of public funds.

Attorney General Alan Wilson says 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson has been indicted on state charges of embezzlement and misconduct in office.

Gov. Henry McMaster suspended Johnson on Wednesday following his indictment on more than two dozen federal charges including wire fraud and theft of government funds. Authorities have been investigating Johnson's spending habits and trips to locations including Amsterdam, Colombia, the Galapagos Islands and Las Vegas.

Johnson recently lost a primary bid for a third term. He has declined to answer specific questions about his travels, but has said he didn't intend for public money to be used for personal expenses.

Johnson hasn't returned messages seeking comment on the charges.

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Correctional officers accused of smuggling drugs into prison

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Two correctional officers in South Carolina are accused of smuggling drugs including cocaine and synthetic marijuana into a prison.

News outlets report Shavonia Shara Glaze and Amanda Nicole Wells were arrested this week on charges including furnishing or attempting to furnish contraband to a prisoner.

Warrants for the Ridgeland Correctional Institution correctional officers say Wells was attempting to smuggle LSD and the synthetic marijuana into the prison while Glaze had cocaine.

It's unclear if either of the women have a lawyer who can comment.

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Congressman blasted for off-color joke amid Kavanaugh drama

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

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman's off-color remark at a campaign event in which he made a joke involving the Supreme Court nomination battle in Washington has drawn fire.

The Republican congressman made light Thursday of the ongoing debate involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, joking that another high court judge has emerged with her own accusations of sexual assault. The Post and Courier reports the Rock Hill lawmaker, during a Kiwanis Club debate, asked the crowd if they'd heard the late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings.

The punchline, the report says: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln."

The remark drew scattered laughter and applause at the event, and sparked immediate condemnation from South Carolina Democrats and others on social media.

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KILLING SUSPECT-ARIZONA ARREST

Man accused of South Carolina killing arrested in Arizona

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

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say a man suspected in the fatal shooting of another man last month has been arrested in Arizona.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon told The State newspaper that 26-year-old Jamal Devontae Coburn was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday in a suburb of Phoenix. The sheriff's department had tracked Coburn to the Glendale, Arizona, area.

Koon says in a statement that Coburn was arrested on a murder charge in the Aug. 24 shooting of 27-year-old Corey Jamison.

The sheriff's department has said that Jamison was found dead at an apartment complex in West Columbia, South Carolina. Investigators have not provided any information on a possible motive.

Coburn awaits extradition from Maricopa County. It is unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.

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TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

Floods prevent inspectors from studying environmental harm

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina.

But conditions remain so bad on the ground that inspectors have been prevented from visiting some of the hardest hit areas to collect samples of the floodwater for lab testing.

Photographs have revealed tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters.

State officials say about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market.

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