Haley: Local defeat won't affect fight for bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley says the capital city's rejection of a strong mayor referendum that she publicly backed will not affect her fight to restructure South Carolina state government.
Haley said Tuesday she's as adamant as ever in her push for legislation that transfers more authority and responsibility to the governor's office.
Her comments come a week after Columbia voters defeated an effort to change the city's governance structure. Fifty-seven percent said "no" to transferring authority from the city manager to the elected mayor.
Haley was among lawmakers of both parties to support the change.
Despite the local defeat, Haley says people want state government changed.
Legislation creating a Cabinet-level Department of Administration passed both chambers last session. Passage next year requires them to work out differences in their separate plans.
Cutter returning to SC from final patrol
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - After 45 years of service to the nation, a Coast Guard Sector Charleston cutter is returning home from its final mission.
The Gallatin docks in North Charleston on Wednesday following the completion of a 72-day patrol in the Caribbean. During the patrol, the cutter seized more than 24,000 pounds of cocaine at almost $34 million.
The Gallatin was commissioned in 1968 and will be decommissioned in March. It will be replaced by the Hamilton, one of the Coast Guard's new generation of National Security Cutters and the first of that class to be deployed on the East Coast.
The new cutters are faster and have longer range. They can recover small boats from the stern and have a flight deck for helicopters and unmanned drones.
Anderson County man gets 40 years for killing wife
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A 29-year-old Anderson County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his wife.
Jonathan Roe admitted he shot 48-year-old Sonja Roe several times in their Iva home in January, then drove to Pennsylvania.
Investigators say Jonathan Roe then called the Lower Allen, Pa., police and confessed to the shooting. Anderson County deputies found his wife's body and he was arrested.
Roe pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday. He will have to serve his entire sentence.
Roe killed his wife shortly after being released from jail on other charges including assault and battery with intent to kill. Prosecutor Chrissy Adams says Roe is a violent man who needs to be behind bars.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS
SC law officers gather to honor their own
FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is honoring some of the state's top law officers.
Law officers from around the state gathered Tuesday at the Fort Jackson Officers' Club for the 2013 Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement.
York Police Chief Andy Robinson, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, IRS special agent Alan Cornett and state Department of Natural Resources Director Alvin Taylor were all honored for demonstrating the highest ideals of excellence.
The awards luncheon was hosted by U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles' Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association and the Strom Thurmond Foundation.
SC legislator considering run for superintendent
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina House Republican says he's exploring a run for state superintendent next year.
Rep. Andy Patrick of Hilton Head Island said Tuesday he expects to make a decision after the holidays. The U.S. Air Force veteran says the job requires leadership skills more than classroom experience.
Patrick is in his second House term. He lost a bid for Congress in a 16-way Republican primary in March.
The 44-year-old New York native has been a New York state trooper and U.S. Secret Service agent.
Patrick could challenge incumbent schools chief Mick Zais in the Republican primary. The 67-year-old retired Army brigadier general has not officially announced whether he'll seek a second term.
State Rep. Mike Anthony of Union and Montrio Belton of Fort Mill are the current Democratic hopefuls.
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