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Sanford signs loan request for unemployment funds

COLUMBIA â€" More than 70,000 out-of-work South Carolinians held hostage in a fight between the governor and the state unemployment agency were freed Wednesday when the state's chief executive agreed to an 11th-hour action that continues their benefit checks.

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YouthBuild Charter School loses appeal

The state Administrative Law Court shot down Sea Islands YouthBuild Charter School's appeal of the Charleston County School Board's decision to close the school. It wasn't clear late Wednesday afternoon whether that meant the North Charleston charter school for at-risk students would have to close immediately or whether it could stay open as it pursues another appeal. More evident was the commitment of the charter school's leadership to keep the school open.

Left out in the cold

R.W. Langford said he slept outdoors in his wheelchair on Christmas Eve and Christmas night at Crisis Ministries. On New Year's Eve, he was still sitting in the courtyard at the homeless shelter, hoping to be allowed inside for the night. "I don't have a place to stay. I don't have any money," Langford said.

Moving in with mom, dad

The last day in her little apartment came Wednesday. She had been there two years, a single mom raising two toddlers near Spruill Avenue in North Charleston. Then the economy slipped, her cashier job at the Scotchman in Mount Pleasant was cut, and Shatanna Davis figured she'd scratched by as long as she could. She's moving back in with her parents on Johns Island.

Crime and the economy intersect

The local Crime Stoppers affiliate wants to clarify something for the public: they're a nonprofit, not a police agency. While some nonprofits feed the hungry or house the homeless, Crime Stoppers helps solve crimes. But like others nonprofits, the group is concerned about raising enough money at a time when needs are increasing.

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