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Haley meeting to discuss SC beach biker rally

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to sit down with Atlantic Beach leaders to discuss the motorcycle rally the governor says should be shut down following a rash of violence during this year's event.

The Atlantic Beach Bikefest attracts thousands to the small seaside community every Memorial Day weekend. During this year's rally, there were eight shootings along the Grand Strand, including three people who were shot and killed at a motel in Myrtle Beach 14 miles away.

Haley meets with local leaders on Tuesday morning.

Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans has said there have been no problems in Atlantic Beach proper and he has no plans to end the event. He says he is willing to discuss the need for more law enforcement in neighboring areas during the weekend.


Federal court: Virginia marriage is for all

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An appeals court's decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Monday ruled that state laws barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution.

It's the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit.

The ruling also is testing concepts of states' rights and traditional, conservative moral values that have long held sway in the South.

The 2-1 ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas, where the attorneys general split Monday on what they'll do next.


Richland sheriff's deputy charged in wreck

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Richland County sheriff's deputy has been charged with running a red light and causing a wreck in Columbia that injured a woman.

WIS-TV reported that the South Carolina Highway Patrol has charged Cpl. Ken Proffitt with disregarding a traffic signal.

Sheriff's Lt. Curtis Wilson says Proffitt was on duty at the time, but was not responding to a call when his patrol car hit another car at an intersection Friday night.

Proffitt was treated for his injuries at a Columbia hospital. A woman driving the other car was treated for scratches and bruises.

Sheriff Leon Lott said his department is investigating the wreck and will take appropriate action.

It was not clear if Proffitt has an attorney.


Fort Jackson general offers public tours of base

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - The commanding general of the Army's largest training base is inviting members of the public to see how soldiers train at Fort Jackson.

Army spokeswoman Kara Motosicky says Tuesday is the last day to sign up for the tours, which are being held on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker invites the public to view soldiers in training, eat in the soldiers' dining hall, and learn how to fire a combat rifle in a computer simulation.

Visitors may attend a graduation ceremony for soldiers who completed basic combat training.

The seven-hour tour begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to people 13 years of age and older. Reservations are required and lunch costs $4.65.

For reservations call 803-751-1471 at Fort Jackson Community Relations.


SC Beaufort Marine jets in day, night practice

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Jets from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort are involved in several days and nights of potentially noisy flight training exercises.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Sgt. March Sanchez says the training began Monday and lasts through late night Thursday.

The exercises for the F/A-18 jets will start at 7 a.m. and could last through midnight or 1 a.m.

The exercises prepare pilots for combat missions and help them maintain their expertise.


Rock Hill woman drowns in pool

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - A Rock Hill woman has drowned in a private swimming pool.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that 44-year-old Tonya McRorie drowned in a pool near Lake Wylie late Saturday night.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast says McRorie died at the scene.

The sheriff's office is investigating the death.


Santee Cooper to spray lakes for invasive plants

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - The state-owned utility Santee Cooper will spray herbicides on lakes Marion and Moultrie next month.

The Moncks Corner-based utility says the aerial spraying is scheduled from Aug. 5 to Aug. 15.

Chemicals approved by the Environmental Protection Agency will be sprayed by helicopter to combat the aquatic plant known as crested floating heart.

Officials say they will spray nearly 3,000 acres of the more than 5,000 acres infested with the plant.

Santee Cooper hopes the spraying will improve lake access and recreational opportunities and help prevent the spread of the plant to other parts of the lakes.


Senate confirms Harris nomination to appeals court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Pamela Harris to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Harris fills a vacancy on the court created when Judge Andre Davis took senior status in February.

The Fourth Circuit is based in Richmond and has appellate jurisdiction over district courts in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Harris is a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She previously served in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.

The Potomac, Maryland, resident earned bachelor's and law degrees from Yale.

The Senate confirmed the nomination Monday.


Columbia holds meetings to discuss biking, walking

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Columbia is holding a series of meetings to get the public's input on plans to improve the city's transit needs.

The first of four meetings is scheduled for Tuesday at the Eau Claire Print Building. Other drop-in gatherings are taking place later in the week.

City officials say they are hoping to hear what people think about planning for Walk Bike Columbia! The effort is intended as a way to address the city's pedestrian, bicycle, and transit needs through analysis, public participation and collaborations among various agencies.

A website for the effort, , has an interactive map where users can pinpoint specific locations where they would like to see improvements. There is also a brief survey and updated briefing materials.

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