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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Camden Sen. Vincent Sheheen says South Carolina should 'pause' in defending a lawsuit trying to overturn the state's gay marriage ban. A federal appeals court ruled Virginia's similar ban is unconstitutional. But state Attorney General Alan Wilson says his office will continue defending state law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Electric & Gas has moved almost a half million tons of coal ash from lagoons on the Wateree River to a lined landfill near Columbia. The removal of the ash is ahead of schedule. Under a settlement agreement, the utility said it would remove 240,000 tons of ash by next January.

MYRTLE BECAH, S.C. (AP) - The federal government has given more than $750,000 for the runway rehabilitation project at Myrtle Beach airport. Bids for the $20 million project came in a bit higher than expected and the money awarded yesterday will make up the shortfall. The repaving will take place this fall.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A three-day Gullah festival celebrating the culture of the descendants of sea island slaves is being held along the South Carolina coast. The Gullah-Geechee Nation music festival begins in Charleston tonight. The festival concludes with family events scheduled Sunday in Georgetown and Myrtle Beach.

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