News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST


BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) – A former South Carolina lawmaker will serve two years on probation instead of prison time after he pleaded guilty to misconduct in office. A judge also ordered former Rep. Rick Quinn Jr. of Lexington to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service. He’s the third Republican lawmaker convicted in a Statehouse corruption investigation.

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) – Lawyers for a teenager charged with murder in a South Carolina school shooting are questioning whether detectives violated his rights before getting him to confess. A hearing is taking place in Anderson to determine whether the teenager should stand trial as a juvenile or as an adult on two counts of murder.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – Some County employees in South Carolina are suing over illnesses they say they suffer because of mold in a courthouse. Five Spartanburg County employees have sued the county and 10 unnamed defendants because of health problems ranging from eye irritation, nose bleeds, breathing problems, fatigue, memory loss. Headaches and ringing ears. County voters approved a 1 penny sale tax increase in November to build a new courthouse.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – A businessman and U.S. Marine Corps captain is the latest candidate to join this year’s South Carolina governor’s race. In a campaign video officially launching his campaign, John Warren of Greenville says that he’s “disgusted” by government corruption and as governor will require competitive bidding on all state contracts.

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