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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state-owned utility says rates will be going up after the failed nuclear project in South Carolina last year. Santee Cooper said Wednesday it expects rates to go up 7 percent because of the decision to abandon construction of two reactors in Fairfield County last July. A conservative group on Tuesday said Santee Cooper's rates could go up nearly 14 percent because of the project failure.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The candidates vying to become South Carolina's next governor are set to faceoff in two sets of debates planned before the state's primary elections. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports it's teaming up with South Carolina ETV for Republican debates May 23 at Clemson University and June 5 at the University of South Carolina.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina sheriff's office will pay $130,000 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by relatives of a man who died in a wreck with a vehicle being chased by deputies. Sixty-two-year-old Stephen Burnett of Easley died in a wreck in Powdersville in 2016. His pickup truck collided with a person who was fleeing sheriff's deputies in two domestic violence incidents.

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in one South Carolina county are getting stronger armor. York County Council has approved $40,000 for stronger protection for officers. That's enough money for 100 sets of additional armor that will be worn as needed by officers. Plans for the extra armor were in place before a shooting in January that killed one detective and injured three other officers.

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