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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's political leaders have come together to talk about one of their most important issues _ business. Gov. Henry McMaster promised he would push to lower income taxes by 1 percent. House Speaker Jay Lucas says the House is busy trying to protect ratepayers hurt by two fail nuclear plants. And Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman told the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Tuesday that the state must revise its pension before the promises to retirees become impossible to keep.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has sent a letter to lawmakers saying he will sign a bill that stops charging ratepayers for two abandoned nuclear reactors. In his Tuesday letter, McMaster says he also wants lawmakers to replace the Base Load Review Act, which allowed utilities SCANA Corp. and Santee Cooper to charge ratepayers for the nuclear reactors long before they created a watt of power.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's jobless rate inched up slightly last month, even as the state reached record employment. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Tuesday the unemployment rate in December was 4.1 percent. That's up from November's rate of 4 percent. The state's leisure and hospitality segment added more than 5,800 jobs in December.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lottery officials say they may have to pay out nearly twice in prizes as much as they expected because of a Christmas Day glitch. The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission announced at Tuesday's meeting that it may owe more than $35 million after everyone was a winner for two hours on Dec. 25. They earlier announced about $19 million in prizes. The lottery wants a full investigation before deciding whether to pay the winners.

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