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Sen. Graham Among Tough Crowd for UN Ambassador Rice

(WASHINGTON) -- Wednesday marked day two of Susan Rice’s charm offensive on Capitol Hill, but the day brought little support for the U.N. ambassador to become the next secretary of state if nominated by President Obama.

After meeting privately with Rice Wednesday morning, moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she still had questions about the embassy attack in Libya that “remain troubling” and needed to be answered before she can support Rice for secretary of state.

Rice on Tuesday met with a vocal and tough crowd of Republican senators: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. The three senators said they were more troubled after their meeting with Rice.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, so far has been the one lone senator to have met with Rice this week and come away with a positive view.

After his meeting Tuesday, Lieberman said he had his questions answered and does not see anything that would disqualify Rice from potentially becoming the next secretary of state, if nominated.

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Gov. Haley Visits Nation's Capitol

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Governor Nikki Haley is visiting Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

Haley attended the Republican Governors Association’s Discussion Breakfast as a guest speaker.

Haley will also be meeting with members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation at Capitol Hill.

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South Carolina Farm Top National Finalists in Two Contests

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A South Carolina farm has been selected as one of 10 national finalists in Green America's People & Planet Award for Green Businesses for their contribution to a just and sustainable economy.

City Roots, an urban farm located in downtown Columbia, opened in 2009 by father and son Robbie and Eric McClam. Eric is also one of nine finalists chosen out of over 100 applicants in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance's search for the "Faces of Farming and Ranching" national spokesperson.

“I am excited for the recognition for both City Roots and Eric. I encourage folks to vote in both contests. Farming has many faces and settings in South Carolina and all make up the state’s most vital industry,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

The 3.5 acre farm is located in Columbia's Rosewood Neighborhood and features 75 varieties of fruits and vegetables.

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Dept of Agriculture Invites Residents to Shop for Christmas Trees at Farmers Markets

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is inviting state residents to shop for a Christmas tree at one of three State Farmers Markets this weekend.

South Carolinans can shop for a tree at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia at 3483 Charleston Drive on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the Greenville State Farmers Market at 1354 Rutherford Rd. in Greenville Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or the Pee Dee State Farmers Market at 2513 W. Lucas St. in Florence 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

More information can be found on the department's website.

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South Carolina DSS, Child Protective Services to Be Audited

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- State Rep. Jenny Horne (R-Summerville) called for an audit of the South Carolina's Department of Social Services Monday following reports of children being starved to death, sexually abused for months and dying of treatable illnesses, The Post and Courier reports.

The Legislative Audit Council agreed Monday in a unanimous vote to investigate how DSS manages cases involving at-risk children after Horne called for an audit, which focuses extensively on child safety under Child Protective Services, the paper says.

The last audit of the agency was conducted in 2006, according to The Post and Courier.

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