News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A Republican seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy says he’s the candidate who can relate to voters who struggle to make ends meet. The Rev. Mark Burns tells The Associated Press he’ll be joined Wednesday in Greenville by Bruce Carter, who founded Black Men for Bernie and later formed Trump for Urban Communities.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina House has taken a surprise step and killed a solar energy bill that passed a key vote last week. The bill removing a cap on the amount of solar energy in the state failed to pass Tuesday after opponents had it ruled a property tax increase. The proposal received a majority vote last week with both Democratic and Republican support, but tax increases require two-thirds approval to pass. Tuesday’s 61-44 vote fell nine votes short.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s top prosecutor isn’t bringing charges against a congressman who pulled out his own loaded handgun during a constituent meeting to make a point about gun safety. Attorney General Alan Wilson said Tuesday that the action taken by U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman “is not a prosecutable offense.”

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man found pointing a gun at his head in the parking lot of a South Carolina restaurant led to them finding a body at a North Carolina home. Travelers Rest, South Carolina, police said in a report that officers were able to get 45-year-old Jason Butler to put down the gun around 8:20 p.m. Monday. Butler told police he had shot a man at his home. Authorities say they went to Butler’s home in Forest City, North Carolina, and found the body of 49-year-old Michael Splawn.

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