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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is getting the first of two Trump administration visitors hoping to boost his chances at winning a first full term in office. Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Conway on Saturday for a campaign rally with McMaster.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 64-year-old South Carolina restaurant owner has been killed by the boyfriend of a woman whom he let stay in his apartment. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says the couple left Lawrence Gaugenbaugh dead in his apartment for a few days before dumping his body near an abandoned home north of Columbia on Tuesday. Coroner Gary Watts says Gaugenbaugh was strangled.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina regulators have denied a request from Duke Energy to raise electric rates and ordered the utility to refund $60 million in deferred taxes to customers. The North Carolina Utilities Commission also decided Friday to fine Duke Energy $70 million because of the way it handled coal ash. The utility wanted to increase rates to pay for a nuclear power plant that won't be built and charge customers additional billions of dollars to upgrade the power grid.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state lawmaker says Gov. Henry McMaster's running mate publicly berated him for appearing at a news conference in support of another candidate. Rep. Joshua Putnam tells The Associated Press that businesswoman Pamela Evette followed Putnam and his wife down a street in downtown Greenville on June 15.

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