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

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Toshiba Corp. has agreed to pay South Carolina utilities $2.2 billion for two unfinished nuclear reactors regardless of whether they're ever completed. Officials with SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper jointly announced the settlement Friday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina governor now in Congress is asking federal communications officials for their help combatting the danger of cellphones in the hands of prison inmates. U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford on Thursday asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse a policy prohibiting states from using technology to jam signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates behind bars.

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - The state attorney general's office is still prosecuting a former South Carolina legislator accused of beating his wife bloody, despite her request to drop the charges. Former Rep. Chris Corley faces a felony aggravated domestic violence charge punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Corley's trial is set for Aug. 7.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should get the same domestic violence protection as heterosexual couples. Now both sides in the case want a do-over, because the ruling, as written, could unintentionally prevent domestic violence charges against unmarried partners. Attorney Bakari Sellers says he and Attorney General Alan Wilson want the justices to tell lower courts to apply the law to all unmarried couples, rather than wait on the Legislature for a change.

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