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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The broadening investigation into Statehouse corruption has caused a screening panel to delay voting on whether to advance Gov. Henry McMaster's picks for the South Carolina Ports Authority board. Sen. Larry Grooms said Wednesday the Ports Authority oversight board he chairs wants to thoroughly review the two nominees' associations to veteran GOP consultant Richard Quinn.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An ex-South Carolina prison guard who was nearly killed in a hit orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cellphone is traveling to Washington this week, asking federal authorities for help to make sure nothing like it happens again. Former corrections officer Robert Johnson is slated to testify before the Federal Communications Commission during a hearing Thursday in Washington on ways to combat inmate access to contraband cellphones.

WARE SHOALS, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man drowned after falling into a well at his Greenwood County home. Ware Shoals Fire Chief Rodney Boyter said the pump was disconnected from Haskell Henderson's well, but authorities don't know if he was trying to draw water from it or check its condition. Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox says Henderson drowned.

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) - A man has been stabbed to death at an apartment in Goose Creek. Police say 53-year-old Chicoba Crabtree of Goose Creek died at a North Charleston hospital about 90 minutes after the stabbing. A woman at the scene was taken into custody and was taken for a medical evaluation. There was no immediate word on charges.

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