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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Spending records obtained from a South Carolina prosecutor’s office shows he used an office credit card to pay for a hotel in the Galapagos Islands and high-priced Uber rides. The Post and Courier of Charleston and newly formed watchdog group Protecting Public Access to Public Records obtained records from Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson’s office. It isn’t clear the business reasons for the trips or if Johnson reimbursed the spending. He missed a meeting with the newspaper.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators are proposing to let federal courts keep guns away from people who show warning signs of violence. It’s the latest response by lawmakers from both parties to the deadly school shooting in Florida. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democrat Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say a federal “red flag law” is a common-sense proposal that would save lives.

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say the mother of an elementary school student has been arrested after she shoved two teachers to slap a 7-year-old girl in the face who her daughter said threw pencils at her. Sumter Police spokeswoman Tonyia McGirt says 29-year-old Cheneathia Caesar went inside Kingsbury Elementary School around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. She is charged with disturbing schools and three counts of assault and battery.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A judge has refused to increase the sentence for a former South Carolina lawmaker who pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in an investigation of Statehouse corruption. Circuit Judge Caren Mullen said she will not re-sentence former House majority leader Rick Quinn for his plea in December. She said prosecutor David Pascoe should not have accept a plea to a single charge if he wanted a stiffer sentence for the Lexington Republican

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