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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina coroner is unapologetic over his usage of a racial slur toward a black neighbor, saying in a deposition filed in court this week as part of a federal lawsuit that he and other white officeholders are justified in using such language. Chris Nisbet said in a November 2016 deposition that elected officials are free to do what they want

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group that advocates for patients with disabilities is accusing South Carolina's mental health agency of needlessly hospitalizing people with a variety of mental problems instead of providing them in-home services. Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities says in a federal class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday that the Department of Mental Health is unnecessarily hospitalizing men and women with disabilities at a Columbia facility.

MIAMI (AP) - U.S. government forecasters expect warm ocean waters will fuel an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast calls for 11 to 17 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes. Two to four hurricanes are expected to be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Allegations that public officials have violated state ethics law are piling up for review by a nonexistent South Carolina Ethics Commission. More than 50 cases await action from a board the Legislature has yet to create. Under a law that took effect April 1, all commission nominees must be approved by the Legislature.

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