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Flat tax benefits wealthy

More than half the families in South Carolina would not save a dime under the flat tax plan proposed by Gov. Mark Sanford, but income tax savings for the wealthy would be substantial, a Post and Courier analysis has found. A family of four would need to earn more than $65,000 in order to see even the smallest benefit from the plan. "That's hardly what someone would consider wealthy," said Joel Sawyer, Sanford's communications director. "That's a teacher and a plumber."

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Poor and disabled face cuts

The state's poor and disabled are facing deep cuts in Medicaid benefits as a result of the state budget crisis. The total loss in funding this fiscal year amounts to $137 million, including the recent 7 percent cut. Add the federal match to those dollars, and the actual loss totals $459 million, according to Jeff Stensland, director of public information for S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for Medicaid.

Reporter struck by vehicle dies

Jasiri L. Whipper, a reporter at The Post and Courier, died early Friday. He succumbed to injuries suffered after a vehicle struck him on Interstate 95 in Florence County. He is the son of state Rep. J. Seth Whipper and Carrie Whipper, and he is the grandson of Lucille S. Whipper, who served for 10 years in the S.C. House, and the late Rev. B.J. Whipper. He also is survived by a sister, Subira N. K. Whipper, 23.

For coach, football comes first

Previously: Summerville has beaten Beaufort to secure its third straight region title. It's a heckuva ride. John McKissick drives a golf cart, more of a sports cart, really, to get around Summerville's five practice fields. It's painted Summerville green and gold with 10-inch rims and glossy, deep-threaded Sahara King tires.

CSO musicians plan fund-raising concert

Some Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians are stepping up to the challenge of raising money to help guarantee the organization's survival, even as three local arts groups continue their discussions with a foundation that could play a critical role in ensuring their short-term financial solvency. Bassoonist Chris Sales and violinist and concertmaster Yuriy Bekker will present a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church downtown.

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