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Financial crisis Sanford's focus

COLUMBIA â€" The woeful financial situation in South Carolina was front and center Wednesday during Gov. Mark Sanford's annual State of the State address to legislators, many of whom were left wanting more details on how to solve the problems. The Republican governor did not miss the opportunity to remind the Legislature that they did not heed his warnings during his first six years in office when he urged them to show better spending restraint.

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Session will be cut back

COLUMBIA â€" The House and the Senate will cut back the number of days legislators spend on the chamber floors this year by shaving off more than a month of their session. Both bodies will furlough next week. The goal is to save money, roughly $44,000 a week for the House and $5,500 for the Senate, but at least one legislator wondered if now is the best time to take the break, considering the budget problems facing the state that need solving.

Text of 2009 Democratic response

Good evening South Carolina. I'm Senator Vincent Sheheen from Camden, and I'm honored tonight to give you the South Carolina Democrats' vision for our State. First, ask yourself these questions: What kind of a state do you want South Carolina to be? Do you want it to be a state with one of the highest unemployment levels in the nation?

Sellers recalls struggle

It seemed someone from every walk of life in the Charleston area attended the ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Business and Professional Breakfast. They joined together Wednesday in the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium's Exhibition Hall to honor King and hear one of the many prominent veterans of the civil rights movement, Denmark native Cleveland L. Sellers Jr., deliver the keynote address.

At a glance

Highlights of Gov. Mark Sanford's State of the State speech

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