BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after he was found guilty of suffocating his girlfriend with bubble wrap. Prosecutors in Beaufort County said a jury found 56-year-old Nick Evangelista guilty of murder on Thursday. Prosecutors said Evangelista took the Jeep belonging to 55-year-old Rebecca Melton and fled to Florida, where he was captured six weeks after the killing.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who authorities say killed a chef inside a coastal South Carolina restaurant full of tourists has died nearly four months after being shot by police. The Charleston County Coroner's Office said 54-year-old Thomas Burns died Thursday in a Columbia hospital from the gunshot wound he suffered on Aug. 24. Police say Burns killed 37-year-old executive chef Shane Whiddonat at Virginia's restaurant in downtown Charleston then ordered all the customers to get on the ground and crawl out.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge is questioning how a South Carolina school district is enforcing policies on prayer at school-related events. U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks has asked the Greenville County School district and the American Humanists Association to come up with a compromise on how she might change a previous order on school prayer.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The only leader the agency that oversees South Carolina utilities has ever had is retiring. Office of Regulatory Staff Executive Director Dukes Scott said his last day will be Jan. 15. Scott was on the Public Service Commission and was the agency's lawyer before being hired to lead the brand new Office of Regulatory Staff in 2004. Scott said in an email to The Associated Press it was just time to leave and "Monday mornings were no longer looked forward to."
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