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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) - A textile plant in South Carolina will close later this year, eliminating the jobs of 175 people. Alice Manufacturing Co. said it will begin closing its Ellison plant in Easley on June 30. The plant made apparel and yarn for home furnishings. The company has blamed imported textile products for the job cuts.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Automaker BMW has donated $1 million to the International African American Museum in South Carolina. The museum in Charleston said Monday that the gift brings the museum within $2 million of its private fundraising goal. BMW's vehicle assembly plant in Greer is one of the largest manufacturers in South Carolina.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - The suspect in the wounding of a South Carolina sheriff's deputy last month faces more charges. Thirty-one-year-old Calvin Lorenzo Middleton III of St. Stephen has been charged with criminal domestic violence and kidnapping. Middleton is already in jail on charges of wounding Berkeley County Sheriff's Cpl. Cody Gooch on March 2.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's governor has announced he is taking "emergency" action to make the state's prisons safer following last weeks' deadly rioting. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday issued an executive order waiving certain state regulations for hiring by the Department of Corrections. Seven inmates died in deadly rioting in mid-April at the Lee Correctional Institution.

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