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

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A coalition of news outlets including The Associated Press has sued the state House Republican Caucus in South Carolina. The lawsuit's purpose is to gain access to the caucus's records involving a political consultant under scrutiny as part of a growing probe of possible Statehouse corruption.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Senate has approved its plan to fix South Carolina's crumbling roadways, setting up the possibility that the Legislature's top priority for the year could become law. The Senate voted 30-9 Thursday to send its plan to the House, which passed its own version earlier this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Trump is set to order his interior secretary to review an Obama-era plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling, with the goal of the new administration to expand operations. The order could open to oil and gas exploration areas off Virginia and North and South Carolina, where drilling has been blocked for decades.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina high school student collapsed and died in a classroom, and authorities are trying to determine what happened. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says 16-year-old Davis Allen Cripe of Chapin died at a hospital. Neither Watts nor school officials have released details about the circumstances of the teenager's collapse, and an autopsy conducted Thursday didn't determine the cause of death.

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