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Haley Among Speakers at Republican National Convention

(WASHINGTON) -- With the Republican National Convention drawing closer, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced Monday a list of headline speakers for the upcoming convention in Tampa, Fla. -- including South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Haley is among seven listed speakers for the Convention, which begins Aug. 27.

Also scheduled to speak are Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

“They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles,” Priebus said in a statement.

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Police Search for Hit and Run Driver of an 18-Wheeler

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Police are still searching for a driver of an 18-wheeler who ran over the legs of a person ejected during a car crash on Interstate 526 Friday, reports The Post and Courier.

The hit and run occurred around 2:35 a.m. on Interstate 526 near the River Landing Drive exit and was a single-car wreck.

The backseat passenger was ejected from the vehicle, while the driver was partially ejected.

Police say an 18-wheeler traveling eastbound kept driving after he struck the ejected backseat passenger. The two injured people are being treated at Medical University of South Carolina.

If anyone has information about the truck driver, please contact Officer Matt Wojslawowicz at (843)965-4084.

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USC Gives a Second Chance to 165 Students for Admission

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Around 165 students that were initially rejected by the University of South Carolina are now allowed to live and eat on campus, but will be taking classes at Airport Campus of Midlands Technical College, reports The State.

If these students are able to keep a 2.5 grade point average over the course of a year with at least 30 transferable hours, they can transfer to USC.

This program, named “Gamecock Gateway,” will be invitation only and is exclusive to students who live in South Carolina. Also, students will pay $8,000 less than USC tuition.

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Wife of Missing Swimmer Found in SC Wants Protection

(NEW YORK) -- The wife of a Massapequa, N.Y., man who was reported missing in waters off a Long Island beach and turned up five days later in South Carolina has asked a court to protect her from her husband, saying she fears he might try to kill her.

Evana Roth alerted authorities that her husband, Raymond Roth, 47, was still alive after she found emails he'd exchanged with his son saying his disappearance was an act.

"I was planning a funeral for him," she said, during a news conference at her lawyer's office Aug. 3. In that meeting with reporters, she revealed text messages, emails and voice mails in which she said her husband had outlined an elaborate plan to fake his own death.

"Our goal is really to get her protection, make sure that she's not in any imminent danger," said Leonard Leeds, Evana Roth's attorney. "We plan to go into court to get a stay-away order."

Roth's son, Jonathan, 22, said he didn't help his father. Leeds said the email correspondence between Raymond Roth and his son proved that Jonathan was in on the alleged plot.

Raymond Roth was reported missing July 28 after he allegedly went swimming at Jones Beach. Roth's son called 911 to tell police that his father had gone into the water at Jones Beach's Field 6 and had not returned. It wasn't until Aug. 2 that Roth was found in South Carolina after he'd spent time in a resort in Orlando, Fla.

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South Carolina Students Make Gains This Year 

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The state Department of Education said that South Carolina public school students made gains on the state's standardized test and other assessments this year, The State reports.

The department released data that showed 84 percent of schools earned a grade of "C" or better, larger percentages of students met state standards on the 2012 Palmetto Assessment of State Standards and four out of five high school students passed the South Carolina's high school exit examination on their first try, according to The State.

The state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais praised the students' results on Thursday.

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