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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The brutality inflicted against African American World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodard by a Southern police chief is credited with inspiring President Harry Truman to integrate the military, but few people know his name. After being discharged from the Army in 1946, Woodard was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, and beaten by a white police chief. It left the war veteran permanently blind. Now, Woodard's supporters want to erect a civil rights marker in his honor.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of South Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Sunday evening until Monday morning for the northern two-thirds of the state. Forecasters say 2 inches of rain is expected on saturated ground with isolated areas getting up to 4 inches. Authorities say conditions are especially dangerous with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many have outdoor plans.

WILLIAMSTON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina teacher who says she was forced to retire after a viral video was misconstrued will return to the classroom. In a joint statement, Palmetto High algebra teacher Lisa Houston and Anderson School District 1 trustees say the teacher meant no harm in the video where she was seen tugging on a student's hair, patting his cheek and nudging him with his foot while he slept in class. Houston has been teaching for 27 years.

CHERAW, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say an inmate being held in a city jail in South Carolina for public intoxication has died after hanging himself with a blanket. Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser said 54-year-old James Edward Pierce Jr. died Saturday at the hospital, two days after workers at the Cheraw City jail found him unconscious hanging by the blanket. Cheraw Police Chief W. Keith Thomas says Pierce was a lifelong friend and he and his staff are heartbroken for his family.

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