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Nikki Haley resigns from Boeing board over airlines bailout

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned from the board of Boeing Co.. According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, Haley cut her ties to the company because of her opposition to an industry bailout that is being offered in response to the new coronavirus outbreak. Earlier this week, Boeing said it is seeking $60 billion in aid for itself and its supply chain. Both are struggling amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has halted major travel and shuttered many businesses. The Trump administration has said it would back the airplane manufacturer, which is also a top U.S. defense contractor.


$45M OKed for SC health to fight virus as courts suspended

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has approved $45 million in emergency money to help state health officials fight the new coronavirus. Gov. Henry McMaster then took the rare step of immediately signing the bill. Health officials reported 21 new CODIV-19 cases Thursday, raising the number of patients in South Carolina to 81. The governor also ordered non-essential state employees to stay home and the University of South Carolina delayed its May graduation ceremony. Also Thursday, South Carolina's top judge suspended all terms of court until the end of April and postponed foreclosure hearings and delayed evictions statewide until May 1.


Governors raise alarm as coronavirus taxes health systems

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. governors have told the president that their states are in dire need of federal help as they expand measures to contain the new coronavirus. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says a surge in filling hospital beds could push the state past its capacity to deliver health care in seven to 10 days. Edwards warned President Donald Trump of the “worst-case scenario” modeling in a conference call with other governors Thursday. Governors asked for additional oversight of their National Guard units and pleaded with the administration to help them acquire more test kits. More governors also made sweeping recommendations for residents to avoid public spaces.


SC man wanted for attempted murder arrested in Mississippi

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina man wanted for attempted murder and arson was arrested at a Mississippi rest stop. Johnathan Emilien of Greenville, South Carolina was picked up Wednesday night after authorities found him asleep in his car at a rest stop. Fountain Inn Police Chief Michael Hamilton said authorities responded to a call Tuesday night regarding a gunshot wound victim and a residence on fire. Hamilton said 33-year-old Emilien was considered a suspect. He was charged with five counts of attempted murder and arson. Emilien is pending extradition to South Carolina. It's unclear whether he has an attorney. Hamilton says all the victims were doing okay.


Police: Man found in attic after SWAT standoff

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say an hourslong standoff with police ended when a SWAT team found the suspect hiding in an attic. News outlets report 28-year-old Desmond Maurice Deas ran into a North Charleston home on Wednesday after officers tried to detain him on active arrest warrants. Police say officers attempted to call him out of the house for several hours before a SWAT team was called in. News outlets report Deas has been in jail more than two dozen times, mostly for traffic and drug violations.


Virus makes $10B budget passed by SC House mostly moot

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Earlier this month, the South Carolina House passed a budget that spent nearly $2 billion in additional money on raises for teachers, security upgrades at prisons and tax breaks. Thanks to the coronavirus, less than a week later, that $10 billion budget is likely worthless. The Senate says it will start nearly from scratch when it takes up the budget after returning from a break over the virus. House Speaker Jay Lucas says his members understand the unprecedented changes and will review the Senate's work as always. The last time the state faced financial problems like this was the Great Recession of 2008.