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Haley reimburses state for plane usage

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SC Gov. Nikki Haley (File/FOX Carolina) SC Gov. Nikki Haley (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has repaid about $10,000 for using state planes to attend news conferences and bill signings, calling it an unintended oversight.

Haley's spokesman says her office was unaware legislators put a clause in the budget last year that added the restrictions. She returned $9,590 on Friday to the agency that operates the state's two taxpayer-funded planes. The reimbursement covers flights taken across the state over seven days.

Statewide officers and legislators can use the planes for free on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as the trips are official business.

Spokesman Rob Godfrey notes the flights involved her official duties.

However, they broke a rule added in April 2011 specifying that bill signings, press conferences and political functions don't count as official business.

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