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A second law enforcement officer has now died in connection with an Oct. 3 shooting rampage in Florence. Farrah Turner, of the Florence County Sheriff's Office, died on Monday at McLeod Hospital in Florence. A total of seven officers were shot in the Oct. 3 incident. Frederick Hopkins, 74, is the suspected shooter. The first officer who died in the incident was Terrance Carraway, of the Florence Police Department. Officers went to Hopkins' home to serve a search warrant in connection with a sexual assault investigation of his son, and the suspect opened fire as they approached the home.


VA Suspends James Smith's Company

Democratic candidate for governor James Smith's company can no longer win contracts  from the federal Veterans Affairs department because he declined to cooperate with an inspection of his disabled veteran-owned business this year. According to Joe Cranney at The Post and Courier, Smith says he did not have time to produce business documents requested by inspectors because he has been running for governor. The Democrat says he plans to shutter his company, The Congaree Group, if he is elected governor. As reported by Cranney, "Smith formed The Congaree Group in 2011 and won government contracts where, at different times, he offered pharmaceutical services, medical supplies, valet parking and data analytics."


Judge Expected to Find Law Authorizing Failed Nuclear Project Unconstitutional

A circuit judge is expected to rule that the Base Load Review Act, the 2007 law that set into motion what would be a failed nuclear reactor construction project at V.C. Summer, is unconstitutional. That ruling could lead to lower rates for SCE&G customers and, as reported by The State's Avery Wilks, "the ruling could be disastrous for SCE&G, which has threatened to file for bankruptcy if its shareholders are forced to eat the nuclear project’s costs." Such a ruling could also cause Dominion Energy, which has said it wants to buyout SCE&G parent SCANA, to walk away from the deal. Circuit Judge John Hayes is expected to issue the order.