DALLAS (AP) - Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more were spread across the South in 2016, with four of the top five found in Texas, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Conroe, Texas, a northern Houston suburb, was the fastest-growing of the 15, seeing a 7.8 percent increase from 2015 to 2016, a growth rate more than 11 times that of the nation.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - President Donald Trump wants $108 million to help two U.S. seaports deepen their harbors, while ports not included on his wish list will still benefit from a $56 million boost already approved by Congress. Ports across the U.S. East and Gulf coasts are racing to accommodate bigger cargo ships now arriving through an expanded Panama Canal.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina jury has found a man guilty of killing a man while robbing him and shooting his girlfriend in the head as she tried to escape. Solicitor Barry Barnette announced Wednesday that a jury found 31-year-old Steven Lewis of Greensboro, North Carolina, guilty of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and first-degree burglary. Lewis was sentenced to life in prison.
SALUDA, S.C. (AP) - Officials in a South Carolina county say one home was damaged after an apparent tornado passed through the area. Saluda County Emergency Management Director Josh Morton said a small tree came down on the home as the storm came through on Wednesday. Morton said no injuries have been reported so far.
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