AP-SC--South Carolina News Digest, SC

January 12, 2018 - 6:00 pm

Good afternoon! The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Skip Foreman.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

NUCLEAR POWER-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA — The state's leaders can either accept a deal to take over a troubled South Carolina utility or watch the company fail, an executive for the company proposing to take over SCANA Corp. said Thursday. Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell told the Public Service Commission that the Virginia company's proposed deal was the best option South Carolina could hope for, news outlets reported. Farrell also warned that SCANA could go bankrupt if the company can't keep charging customers to pay debts on the construction of two reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County. SENT: 230 words.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling, a Democratic senator charged Thursday. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in U.S. coastal waters. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 720 words. AP Photos NYJK402, DCEV101, FLPET101.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY — The first trial date has been set for a lawsuit by a state against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic. Oklahoma is one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against drugmakers, alleging fraudulent marketing of drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic. By Ken Miller. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

CRUISE SHIP SICKNESS

BALTIMORE — Nearly 50 people have fallen sick on a cruise ship that departed from Baltimore last week. Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres told The Baltimore Sun 46 cases of gastrointestinal illness were reported aboard the Grandeur of the Seas ship. SENT: 150 words. Note South Carolina angle.

HISTORIC HOUSE

GREENVILLE — Why? The question has crossed Jori Magg's mind more than once as she's spent the past few months tearing apart the most-worn elements of the historic Beattie House. By Eric Connor, The Greenville News. SENT: 1,240 words. as an AP Member Exchange.

IN BRIEF:

— DEPUTY SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA, from GASTON — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy has shot and killed a South Carolina man who pulled a gun on deputies after a car chase. SENT: 110 words.

— MISTAKEN SHOOTING-PLEA, from CHARLESTON — A man has pleaded guilty in South Carolina in the 2015 shooting death of a woman who investigators say was not the intended target. SENT: 130 words.

— 75-FOOT PLUNGE, from CHARLESTON — Authorities in South Carolina say a motorcyclist survived a 75-foot (23-meter) fall after being thrown from his bike after a crash. SENT: 130 words.

— FURMAN UNIVERSITY-FOOTBALL, from GREENVILLE — The Furman University football program in South Carolina has received a second $1 million gift in a span of five months. SENT: 130 words.

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