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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Wednesday
Nov072012

Man Selling Donuts to Help Buy Prosthetic Legs

(GROVE, S.C.) -- Joey Funderburk’s Christmas wish list is pretty basic: He just wants two new legs to stand on.

Problem is, he can’t afford the $120,000 it costs to buy the prosthetic limbs, and his insurance, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, won’t pay for it. So Funderburk, 20, with an assist from his mom, Chrystal, began selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to try and raise enough money.

“We’re charging $7 dollars for a box of 12 glazed doughnuts, the most popular kind,” Funderburk said. “And they’re good for you.”

Funderburk was born with a birth defect that left him with only about a foot of leg.

Patti Embry-Tautenhan, a spokeswoman for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, said the company has “policies and guidelines in place that meet accepted standards of medical care.”

She added that its medical experts were talking with Funderburk’s doctor and “gathering additional clinical information in order to make a final decision.”

So far, Funderburk has raised about $7,500.

“I’ve got to sell thousands of doughnuts,” he acknowledged. “But sitting on the couch is not going to help me.”

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Shealy Elected, Becomes Only Woman in SC Senate

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- According to The State, Katrina Shealy was elected to serve as the only female state Senator on Tuesday.

Shealy beat incumbent Sen. Jake Knotts in the Lexington County district.

Knotts, a strong critic of Gov. Haley, was well known for receiving a fine by the Senate Ethics Commission for violating state ethics law.

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Penn Center Heritage Days to Be Held Nov. 8-10

(ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C.) -- Penn Center will be holding Heritage Days, which is a three-day cultural event to celebrate Sea Island history with folk arts, food and music from Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Nov. 10.

On Friday, an education symposium and breakfast will be held. Other special events during the weekend will include bateau making, live demonstrations of rice production in an authentic shack and African drummers and dancers performing.

For more information, please contact 843-838-2432.

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Tuesday
Nov062012

Voters Report Long Lines and Waits Due to Heavy Turnout

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Voters are reporting long lines and waits in the Lowcountry due to a heavy turnout on Election Day 2012, The Post and Courier reports.

Voters are reporting waits of two hours or more at some polling stations, and while some complain of the long lines, others are patient and don't seem to mind. The forecast for the region is calling for rain and cold normal temperatures, but it might not prevent this year's turnout from surpassing record levels set four years ago, the paper says.

Those who are concerned about long waits in line are encouraged to avoid arriving to the polls during the lunch hour or commuting times.

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Tuesday
Nov062012

South Carolina Absentee Voters Set Record

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina set a record for absentee voting this year, The State reports.

Over 375,000 South Carolinians have already voted absentee, more than the state has ever recorded in its history. In addition to the presidential election and local elections, South Carolina voters will also decide whether to amend the state Constitution to permit the governor and lieutenant governor to be elected on the same ticket as the president and vice president, the paper says.

Polls are open in South Carolina from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters must bring a South Carolina driver's license, voter registration card or an ID issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

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