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CLEMSON STUDENT KILLED

Trial begins in shooting death of Clemson student

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) - Attorneys have given opening statements in the trial of a man charged with killing a 23-year-old Clemson University student in 2012.

Multiple media outlets reported that jurors on Monday also heard the 911 call from the night Steven Grich of Fort Mill was shot to death at his home in Central. Authorities say Grich was shot by men who entered his home through an unlocked back door.

Lester Devaria Mosley Jr. has pleaded not guilty. Authorities say Mosley fired the gun that killed the engineering student.

Mosley's attorney says his client is innocent.

Five people in the home were not seriously injured. Three men have pleaded guilty in Grich's death. Investigators have said the suspects planned rob the victim's roommate of what they thought was a large amount of marijuana.

CHILDREN'S RIDE CRASHES

Spartanburg park gets rid of train that crashed

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A Spartanburg park is getting rid of a children's train that was involved in a crash that killed a child and injured 28 people.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports the Spartanburg County Council voted Monday on a plan to redesign Cleveland Park that does not include the miniature train that has carried children around the park for decades.

Council members say the families of the children riding the train when it crashed did not want it to return. Interim Parks Department Director Jim Campbell says human error cannot be eliminated from running the train and that's why his workers suggested it should not return.

Investigators say the train's driver was going too fast when it crashed in March 2011. Families involved in the wreck split $1.6 million.

US--GOP 2016-CHRISTIE-SOUTH CAROLINA

NJ Gov. Chris Christie visiting South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making his first visit to South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South.

Christie is visiting Tuesday as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, attending a pair of fundraisers for Gov. Nikki Haley and a governor's association event.

Earlier Tuesday, Christie is attending a private fundraiser in Wilmington, North Carolina, for Senate candidate Thom Tillis. He also plans a public appearance at a shop there.

JESSICA LYNCH-FILM

Ex-POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch has landed a lead role in a Christian film.

Morgantown-based JC Films is producing "One Church," being shot this month in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

JC Films president and screenwriter Jason Campbell says the drama explores the possible government takeover of churches.

It stars Lynch, the West Virginia native who was captured after her Army unit took a wrong turn and came under attack in Iraq in 2003. She was rescued after nine days in captivity.

Churches are helping filmmakers with the project and local volunteers are appearing as extras.

The movie is scheduled to be released next year.

Lynch had a minor role in the Christian film "Virtuous" recently released by JC Films.

DSS HEARING

Young: Panel to honor request not to discuss case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The chairman of a Senate panel investigating the Department of Social Services says members are honoring law enforcement's request not to question agency officials about the deaths of five children.

The panel is holding its ninth hearing Tuesday on the agency. The meeting was scheduled before authorities revealed last week that a Lexington County father confessed to killing his five children and then dumping their bodies on a rural hilltop in Alabama.

Republican Sen. Tom Young of Aiken promises the panel will eventually question DSS officials on the children's deaths. But he says State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel was among those who asked that the panel stay away from the issue while the investigation is ongoing.

The panel is questioning the agency's interim director on improvement efforts.

SENATE DISTRICT 32

Voters back to polls in Pee Dee to select senator

KINGSTREE, S.C. (AP) - Voters are returning to the polls in South Carolina's Pee Dee region to select a state senator to replace Yancey McGill of Kingstree who is now lieutenant governor.

State Rep. Ronnie Sabb and Sam Floyd are running in Tuesday's Democratic runoff in Senate District 32. They emerged as the top vote-getters in a four-way primary earlier this month.

There is no Republican on the November ballot so the runoff will decide who becomes the new senator.

McGill became lieutenant governor earlier this year when Glenn McConnell resigned to become president of the College of Charleston.

HIT AND RUN DEATH

SC man dies after being struck on I-26 after wreck

MOORE, S.C. (AP) - A youth minister at a Union church has been killed after he was thrown from a vehicle in a wreck and then struck by a hit and run driver.

Local media outlets reported that 25-year-old Jemel Hillard Lawter was a passenger in a pickup truck pulling a trailer that wrecked on Interstate 26 in Spartanburg County early Monday.

Lawter was youth pastor at Morningside Baptist Church. Pastor Aulbrey Calvert said Lawter and the truck driver, 48-year-old Timothy Dan Holden of Spartanburg, were going hunting when the wreck happened.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne said both men were thrown from the vehicle and Lawter was struck by another vehicle that did not stop.

Holden was in serious condition at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

LOTTERY-STORES SUSPENDED

36 SC stores suspended from lottery sales

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lottery officials in South Carolina say three dozen stores have been suspended from selling tickets because of their involvement in the operation of illegal gambling machines.

Holli Armstrong with the South Carolina Education Lottery told local media that the stores are being suspended for six months because of the illegal machines.

Armstrong says the stores have received a letter about the suspension.

The stores' contracts with the lottery include a provision for a non-appealable six-month suspension if a magistrate determines there are illegal devices in their stores.

About 4,000 businesses in South Carolina sell lottery tickets.

COMMERCIAL DRIVER CRACKDOWN

GA troopers to focus on commercial drivers on I-85

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state troopers say they're launching a 72-hour crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicle drivers on Interstate 85.

Officials said in a statement that the initiative begins Tuesday and troopers will participate in high visibility enforcement along a 178-mile stretch of the freeway between Alabama and South Carolina.

Officials say the initiative ends on Thursday and is being launched with help from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Maj. Gene Davis says authorities are focusing on distracted, reckless and impaired drivers and will be watchful for commercial drivers who are texting behind the wheel, speeding, following too closely and more.

State troopers say Georgia ranks fourth in the nation for fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles.

FIXING ROADS

Legislative committee looking as SC roads meets

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A legislative committee created to figure out a way to fix South Carolina's crumbling roads is scheduled to meet for the first time.

The 13-member bipartisan committee meets Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse. It was created by Senate and House leaders.

The committee will hear from state Department of Transportation Secretary Janet Oakley and several other DOT employees. It will also hear from agencies that collect taxes and issue bonds

In announcing the committee, acting House Speaker Jay Lucas says he thinks the solution will be both finding more money for roads and changing the way the DOT is run.

The DOT recently updated its long-term transportation plan, saying it needs $42 billion in additional money to meet all its needs by 2040.

XGR-FOI-STUDY COMMITTEE

SC lawmakers discuss recent FOI rulings

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A special legislative panel has scheduled a meeting to examine the fallout from two South Carolina Supreme Court decisions dealing with the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Members of the state Senate's FOIA Study Committee are meeting Tuesday at the Statehouse.

They will be talking about the court's ruling last month that autopsies are medical records and therefore fall under privacy provisions of the open records law.

Also up for discussion is another recent decision that public meetings don't have to have a list of topics to be discussed - and if they do have an agenda, it can be changed in the middle of the meeting.

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