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GOP 2016-HALEY

Charleston massacre, flag debate put Haley in 2016 spotlight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley figures to play an even more prominent role in the key GOP primary her state hosts next year.

Haley has been widely praised for her role in removing the Confederate battle flag from outside her Statehouse office after a massacre at a black church in Charleston.

Now Republican White House hopefuls are resuming their visits to South Carolina. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's trip Wednesday is the first for an out-of-state candidate since the flag came down Friday.

There's talk about Haley as a potential running mate.

But Haley's track record in her state has bothered some of her fellow Republicans there. And experts say the pick of a running mate comes down to a nominee's personal preference.

GOP 2016-WALKER

GOP candidate Walker finds support for scrapping Iran deal

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Presidential candidate Scott Walker is finding support among South Carolina Republicans for his pledge to scrap the nuclear deal that the Obama administration has negotiated with Iran.

The Wisconsin governor is promising "crippling economic sanctions" instead, but he's not explaining how those penalties would differ from what's been imposed for years.

Walker visited a Charleston-area Harley-Davidson dealership during a full day in the state, which hosts the South's first 2016 presidential primary.

Walker praised South Carolina residents for their unity in the weeks since a white gunman killed nine people at a black church.

He's the first high-profile presidential candidate to come to South Carolina since the Confederate flag was removed from the state Capitol grounds last week. Walker didn't mention the banner.

BUSH-SOUTH CAROLINA

Jeb Bush rolls out South Carolina campaign leadership

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A major GOP fundraiser and two-time agency head are among Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's campaign leadership team for South Carolina.

The Bush campaign says Barry Wynn and Catherine Templeton are among the campaign's co-chairmen for this early primary state.

Wynn is a former chairman of South Carolina's Republican Party. The Spartanburg financial adviser and prominent GOP fundraiser initially backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2012 before switching to the Mitt Romney campaign. At the time, Wynn criticized attempts to cast the former Massachusetts governor as a cold-blooded predator in the business world, saying the actions crossed the line in a political party that values free-market capitalism.

Templeton ran South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control and previously the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation under Gov. Nikki Haley.

HOME SLAYINGS-SOUTH CAROLINA

Sheriff's office: 4 people killed at home in South Carolina

HOLLY HILL, S.C. (AP) — The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says two adults and two children have been killed at a home outside Holly Hill. Another child has been taken to a hospital.

Local media outlets report that officers were called to the home around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The names of those killed have not been released.

A sheriff's spokesman did not immediately return phone messages seeking details Wednesday morning.

No other details were immediately available.

Holly Hill is about 60 miles northwest of Charleston, near the intersection of Interstates 95 and 26.

POLICE PUNCHES-VIDEO

Columbia officer cleared in nightclub incident

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Columbia police officer has been reinstated after prosecutors determined he did nothing wrong in a fight at a nightclub earlier this year.

Multiple media outlets reported that prosecutors determined no criminal charges should be filed against Office Tyrone Pugh.

Pugh had been suspected after an investigation of a Jan. 18 incident recorded on video, appearing to show Pugh hitting a man he had on the ground after a party.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook released an investigation of the incident by the State law Enforcement Division.

Pugh had been disciplined following the incident. He was suspended without pay for two days for unnecessary force and unsatisfactory performance.

Another officer had a letter put in his personnel file for failure to complete the proper paperwork about the incident.

SC PORTS

SC ports releasing final shipping numbers for fiscal year

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — After double-digit growth in recent months, the South Carolina Ports Authority is releasing its final shipping numbers for the fiscal year that ended on July 1.

The year-end numbers are being released as the authority board meest in Charleston on Wednesday. The authority is projecting a 7 percent increase in container volume during the next fiscal year.

The agency is in the midst of building a new container terminal and pursuing a half-billion dollar project to deepen the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.

Final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the harbor deepening project is expected by early fall. The deepening will allow the Port of Charleston to handle a new generation of larger container ships.

KKK FLIERS-SOUTH CAROLINA

Ku Klux Klan fliers show up in South Carolina neighborhood

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Residents in a predominantly black South Carolina neighborhood say fliers have been distributed claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan.

Local news outlets report the fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan showed up last week in a community in North Charleston.

The flier reads, "Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake." It includes a sketch of a hooded Klansman and a finger pointed toward the reader.

Neighborhood association president Jesse Williams said the woman who brought him the flier said she found didn't see who placed it on her car.

The fliers appeared less than three weeks after nine people were shot to death at a historic black church in nearby Charleston. A 21-year-old white man has been charged.

SHARK ATTACKS-MYRTLE BEACH

Myrtle Beach sinks ordinance designed to keep sharks away

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Myrtle Beach City Council has decided an ordinance designed to help keep sharks away from the beach just smells.

Area media outlets report that the council considered an ordinance Tuesday prohibiting fishermen from throwing parts of fish back into the ocean from the shore or piers. Pier owners would have had to put up signs and containers where fishermen could dispose of fish guts.

But the council decided against the idea after a pier owner said there was no good way to put out cans for fish parts and then cart them away. Council members were concerned that the smell coming from the containers could cause problems for nearby hotels and their guests.

The city already has an ordinance that prohibits fishing for sharks from piers or from the shore.