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Posted on October 19, 2013 at 5:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 5:01 AM


Clemson trustees give 1st approval to sports arena

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson University trustees are starting the ball rolling to rebuild Littlejohn Coliseum in time for the 2016-17 basketball season.

The trustees gave pre-concept approval for the project on Friday, meaning the athletic department and boosters can commission further studies and start fund-raising.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich says rebuilding Littlejohn will cost between $60 million and $80 million. Early financial projections for a new arena were as much as $120 million.

Radakovich said If plans remain on track the men's and women's basketball teams would play off campus during the 2015-16 season. Radakovich said the teams would likely play at a Greenville arena.

Two projects received final approval Friday. Trustees passed plans for an addition to baseball's Doug Kingsmore Stadium and the third phase of football's Memorial Stadium WestZone area.


SC man runs over accomplice, shot dead by officers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina deputies say one man died after a hail of bullets and a second is struggling to survive after an officer interrupted an attempted burglary.

Richland County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Cowan said Friday a deputy on duty near a Columbia motorcycle and ATV dealer heard a pickup truck crash through the building's glass front.

Deputies arrested and handcuffed 43-year-old James Branch. His accomplice jumped into the truck and backed out, missing law officers but running over Branch. The fleeing man hit Branch again as two deputies opened fire. The fleeing suspect crashed the truck into a sports bar about a mile away. He was dead at the scene.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has not identified the suspect.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.


Sanford: Rand Paul seems a winner from shutdown

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford says Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul may have benefited the most among GOP presidential contenders through the government shutdown.

The Post and Courier reports Sanford made the comment at a Republican club at The Citadel on Friday. Sanford says Paul was relatively quiet through the shutdown debate and may have benefited compared to the more outspoken Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Sanford says GOP contenders who are not in Congress, such as governors, likely benefited as well. He said such candidates will be able to run ads saying the folks in Washington can't lead.

Sanford was in Congress during previous shutdowns in the 1990s. He says the president usually has the upper hand in such stalemates a one voice compared to hundreds of lawmakers.


Small town SC mayor under fire after Facebook post

WEST UNION, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of a small South Carolina town is under fire after her Facebook post criticizing a decision allowing gay couples to apply for marriage licenses.

Mayor Linda Oliver used the word "queer" in a posting objecting to the register of deeds in Buncombe County, N.C., allowing gay couples to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday.

The post said God would object to such marriages. It has since been deleted. Oliver has apologized and said she will use the word "homosexual" in the future.

A new Facebook page seeks her ouster as the mayor of the town of about 300. It had more than 840 "likes" by Friday.

Oliver says the Facebook page hurt her feelings. She said her feelings about homosexuals reflect the way she was raised.


Boeing reduces 747 production rate again

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing is reducing production of its 747 jumbo jet even more than planned, because of weak demand.

Boeing says it will now build 18 of the jets per year, or about 1.5 per month. The slowdown begins early next year.

Boeing had been building two per month but was already planning to slow down its 747 production line in Washington state early next year. The new slowdown announced Friday is an even deeper cut to production.

The Chicago-based company says it is still committed to the 747. It says it expects long-term growth for cargo planes to resume next year.

Boeing has been building 747s for 40 years. It rolled out a significantly revamped version in 2011, but sales have been less than expected, especially for the passenger version.