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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Friday
Dec282012

Celebration Planned to Mark 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A celebration has been planned to honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation reading in Port Royal, The State reports.

Residents will gather at Port Royal on Tuesday, Jan. 1, to remember and honor the moment the proclamation was read on the same date in 1863. The Emancipation Day Service and Feast will begin at 10 a.m. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church at 911 Craven St. in Beaufort. Bernard Powers, a history professor and interim chairman of the College of Charleston, will be a keynote speaker at the event, the paper says.

Those interested in attending can call the Tabernacle Baptist Church at 843-524-0376.

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Friday
Dec282012

Bill Would Exempt State from Federal Firearm Regulations

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A bill that's been pre-filed for the 2013 South Carolina state legislative session would exempt the state from federal regulation of firearms, ammunition and accessories made in the state, The Post and Courier reports.

Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg), who drafted the Firearms Freedom Act, said the measure is not in response to the nationwide controversy over gun laws following the Connecticut elementary school shooting. The bill is similar to bills that have already been filed in 40 states, approved in eight, and are being challenged by the U.S. District Attorney in court, the paper says.

The measure was first filed in 2011 and is a Tenth Amendment issue over state power, according to The Post and Courier.

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Friday
Dec282012

Man Wanted for Sex Assault in California Arrested in SC

(LOS ANGELES) -- A man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl in California has been caught in South Carolina.

Charles James, 30, was arrested at the home of a relative in Greenville, S.C., on Wednesday.

Authorities say James sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl as she walked to school in Lancaster, Calif., on December 13.

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Thursday
Dec272012

Flu Deaths and Hospitalizations Continue to Rise

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- The number of flu deaths and hospitalizations in South Carolina continues to climb far above last year's mild flu season, The Post and Courier reports.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported ten flu deaths, and 519 people with laboratory-confirmed influenza were hospitalized from Sep. 30 through Dec. 15. Last year's flu season resulted in one death with 114 people hospitalized with lab-confirmed flu between Oct. 2, 2011 and July 7, 2012, the paper says.

The flu has been reported in 29 states so far, according to The Post and Courier.

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Thursday
Dec272012

Hundreds of New School Buses Coming to SC Schools

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina is set to receive 342 new school buses, The State reports.

A spokesperson with the S.C. Department of Education said the new buses, at $82,030 per piece, will allow the state to replace its old buses, which were made between 1984 and 1988. The purchase will comprise 6.8 percent of South Carolina's fleet of 5,023 active buses and will mark the state's first substantial acquisition of new buses since 2008, the paper says.

The majority of the $28 million needed to replace the buses comes from unclaimed lottery prize money or excess lottery revenue, according to The State.

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