Heat advisory issued for eastern South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - It's dangerously hot again in eastern South Carolina.
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for a second day along the entire coast and into the Pee Dee.
Forecasters say that on Friday temperatures will range from 95 to 100 degrees. The heat indexes could reach 110 degrees.
Forecasters say such conditions could lead to heat-related illnesses.
Officials at Grand Strand Medical Center tell The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that because of the humidity, they have seen an increase in patients with respiratory complaints. About half a dozen patients were treated Thursday at Conway Medical Center for heat illnesses.
SC House to hold special, one-day session
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina House members are returning to Columbia next week to take up two of Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes.
A spokesman for House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Friday the House will hold a special, one-day session next Wednesday. The chamber will decide whether to override vetoes left over from the session that ended in June.
One bill is intended to help South Carolina's public libraries keep out disrupters. The other is a local bill allowing a tax hike for firefighting in coastal Murrell's Inlet and Garden City.
Both are Senate bills. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to override Haley's opposition. But those votes occurred in the last days of an extended legislative session, after the House already had gone home. An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
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Former lawmaker Thad Viers to appear in court
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina lawmaker is appearing in federal court next week on charges he helped a businessman hide assets, then lied about it to federal agents.
Court records show Thad Viers' arraignment is set for Thursday in Florence. A lawyer listed for him didn't immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment.
Viers faces charges of money laundering, lying to an IRS agent and other charges. The Myrtle Beach Republican ran for U.S. House in 2012 but was derailed after a harassment arrest that led to a guilty plea and a 60-day weekend jail sentence.
In 2007, he pleaded no contest to illegal communication and was fined $500 for threats made to a man who was dating a woman who was Viers' estranged wife at that time.
Black leaders want voice in SC beach safety plans
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Black leaders say they want a voice in plans to ensure safety in the Myrtle Beach area over the Memorial Day weekend.
Myrtle Beach NAACP president Mickey James and other leaders say they are concerned about more than just the Memorial Day holiday weekend. They say there needs to be more security year-round.
The leaders told local media outlets at a news conference Thursday that black leaders are not being involved enough in plans to improve safety.
Three people died and seven were injured in shootings in Myrtle Beach last Memorial Day, the weekend the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest is held.
Two local task forces have held meetings on how to improve security. Gov. Nikki Haley has called for an end to Bikefest.
Lancaster deputies investigate church break-ins
LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) - Lancaster County sheriff's deputies are investigating a series of break-ins at 10 churches.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports the incidents have all occurred in the past two weeks.
Deputies say some of the break-ins have caused damage. But investigators say nothing of significant value was taken in eight of the break-ins.
Some unusual items have been taken, including the burner from a stove, food, motor oil and a water hose.
No arrests have been made.
VA reviews caregiver support in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A report from the Veterans Affairs Inspector General's Office recommends improvements to the support program for family members and others who care for veterans treated at the Ralph Johnson Medical Center in Charleston.
The program provides medical, training, travel and financial benefits to caregivers for veterans and active duty service members.
The report finds that half the applications to participate in the program in Charleston were not processed in the required 45 days. It also found the center staff did not conduct 90-day and annual follow-up visits as required by law.
The report makes a number of recommendations, including that applications be handled in a timely manner.
Center Director Scott Isaacks agrees with the recommendations and said they should all be implemented by December.
Sheriff: Man killed, others injured in SC burglary
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - The Darlington County Sheriff's office is investigating a burglary that left one man dead several others injured.
Area media outlets report that the burglary happened early Friday morning in the Mechanicsville area of Darlington County.
Coroner J. Todd Hardee says 25-year-old Marquis Benjamin of Darlington was shot and killed. It was not immediately clear who else may have been injured.
Deputies say that Benjamin was believed to be involved in the burglary. They say they are also looking for a second suspect who may have been wounded.
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