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Smoke tax issue reignites

A study that ranks South Carolina 13th highest in the country for its number of uninsured children prompted the state's legislative leaders to say Tuesday that lawmakers likely will raise the cigarette tax early next year and use the money to provide health care coverage. House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, both Charleston Republicans, said they expect the vote to come after lawmakers return in January. At 7 cents per pack, South Carolina has the nation's lowest cigarette tax.



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Pair report abduction from CSU

Charleston Southern University was placed on lockdown Tuesday night after two people were apparently abducted at gunpoint in the parking lot, taken to a nearby apartment complex and held up. The robbers walked away with about $35 in the 7:45 p.m. incident that began at the campus on U.S. Highway 78 near Interstate 26.

Group wants workplace raids halted

A statewide Christian group has called for a moratorium on federal immigration raids in South Carolina, at least until the U.S. government overhauls its immigration laws. A workplace raid that netted more than 300 suspected illegal immigrants at the Columbia Farms plant in Greenville last month was one of the main factors that prompted Monday's statement from the South Carolina Christian Action Council.

New take-home car policy parked

MONCKS CORNER â€" Berkeley County Council has tapped the brakes on a plan to vastly reduce the number of take-home cars driven by non-law enforcement employees. The council on Monday night declined to take action on a proposed policy restricting who gets to drive a take-home car. Councilmen said they still support cutting vehicle costs but want more information about how it would impact customer service and employee compensation packages.

Smoke tax issue reignites

A study that ranks South Carolina 13th highest in the country for its number of uninsured children prompted the state's legislative leaders to say Tuesday that lawmakers likely will raise the cigarette tax early next year and use the money to provide health care coverage. House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, both Charleston Republicans, said they expect the vote to come after lawmakers return in January. At 7 cents per pack, South Carolina has the nation's lowest cigarette tax.










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