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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state agency wants regulators to outline plans to give customers most of the money South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. expects in compensation for its failed nuclear reactor project. The Office of Regulatory Staff filed a request Tuesday with the Public Service Commission asking the panel to decide the best way for ratepayers to be paid.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina House member is formally announcing his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Columbia Rep. James Smith made his formal announcement at a rally Tuesday night. The 50-year-old Columbia native has been in the House since 1997. Charleston consultant Phil Noble is the only other Democrat to announce he will seek the nomination.

WARRENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 23-year-old man has been shot to death outside of a South Carolina home. Aiken County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Shunn said officers were called to the Warrenville home around 3 p.m. Tuesday and found the dead man. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the man as Timothy Johnson and said an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A man authorities say was holding a woman hostage at a home in South Carolina has been shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy. Greenville County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Flood said in a news release that officers were called to a home near Simpsonville around 4:45 p.m. Monday. Flood said a man with a gun came out of the home holding a woman hostage and at least one deputy fired. The Greenville County Coroner's Office said 32-year-old James Michael Chappell of Greenville died at the scene.

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