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DirecTV will carry SEC Network at Launch

Plus, a Former School Board Member Says She was "Targeted"
By Chris Trainor
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 |

All those Gamecock fans who are DirecTV subscribers can calm down now. The satellite provider announced Monday it will carry the SEC Network when it launches on Aug. 14, according to a report from WIS. The SEC Network is set to carry 45 football games this fall, including USC’s Aug. 28 tilt against Texas A&M. Time Warner Cable, also a major carrier in the Midlands, also announced recently it would also be carrying the SEC Network.

Former Lexington-Richland 5 school board member Kim Murphy has filed suit against six board members and others for defamation, claiming she was targeted for removal because she opposed school renovations.

South Carolina has made another dubious appearance on a national top 10 list. According to a poll released by Law Street Media, South Carolina is the fifth most dangerous state in America for 2014. The poll lists Myrtle Beach as the most dangerous city within the Palmetto State, with Spartanburg coming in second and Sumter coming in third. The poll considers violent crime statistics for every city in the U.S. with a population greater than 25,000, using data from the FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Report.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) wants to buy a new helicopter. The State newspaper says SLED received permission from the Joint Bond Review Committee to spend $3.5 million for a two-passenger helicopter to assist in certain investigations. The state Budget and Control Board must now consider the purchase. SLED would pay for the new chopper, in part, with money seized during investigations. SLED presently has four helicopters.


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