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

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Subtropical Storm Alberto is headed toward the northern Gulf Coast and is expected to make landfall sometime Monday. The Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially start until Friday, but Alberto has an early jump on the hurricane season, becoming the first named storm this year. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 2 a.m. EDT Monday that Alberto was centered about 115 miles (185 kilometers) south-southwest of Panama City.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The brutality inflicted against African American World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodard by a Southern police chief is credited with inspiring President Harry Truman to integrate the military, but few people know his name. After being discharged from the Army in 1946, Woodard was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, and beaten by a white police chief. It left the war veteran permanently blind. Now, Woodard's supporters want to erect a civil rights marker in his honor.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of South Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Sunday evening until Monday morning for the northern two-thirds of the state. Forecasters say 2 inches of rain is expected on saturated ground with isolated areas getting up to 4 inches. Authorities say conditions are especially dangerous with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many have outdoor plans.

WILLIAMSTON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina teacher who says she was forced to retire after a viral video was misconstrued will return to the classroom. In a joint statement, Palmetto High algebra teacher Lisa Houston and Anderson School District 1 trustees say the teacher meant no harm in the video where she was seen tugging on a student's hair, patting his cheek and nudging him with his foot while he slept in class. Houston has been teaching for 27 years.

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