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Sanford's political star rising

Gov. Mark Sanford won his first national election Friday. By the looks of it, being voted chairman of the Republican Governors Association won't be the two-term South Carolina governor's last ride on the national stage. Sanford was about the only one in political circles who missed the buzz about this future Friday, as the GOP tries to find new leadership to pick itself up from a devastating Election Day defeat.

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A mother's sacrifice

Her children's rooms stand empty. Their toys untouched, clothes unworn. Candace Capers has sacrificed living with her three children for the past month so that they might have a better education and, hopefully, a better life.

Body identified, husband charged with murder

The body of a woman found Thursday in the Congaree River has been identified as former Moncks Corner resident Logan "Pam" Drake Edwards. Police in Waxhaw, N.C., where she lived, have charged her husband, Danny Edwards, 57, with murder, the Charlotte Observer reported. The newspaper said the husband reported his wife missing about two weeks ago but that police think an argument the couple had on Halloween might have led to the killing.

Charleston County goes lean

The souring economy has claimed another victim. Charleston County government, buffeted by funding cuts and the possibility that tax revenue will be down, is freezing hiring and ordering a 2 percent budget cut for about half of its departments.

Office building under stress

COLUMBIA â€" Something's not exactly on the level in the South Carolina Senate office building â€" the floor. The six-story Marion Gressette Building, home to 46 state senators, their staffs and committees, is suffering some noticeable structural problems. Walls are bowing, concrete is cracking and parts of some upper floors have a noticeable three-inch slope.

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