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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state budget proposal would provide new buses that run on alternative fuel to South Carolina school districts willing to pay part of the bill. The Senate Finance Committee approved Wednesday creating a pilot program for up to three districts.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy has stalled in the state Senate, with lawmakers raising concerns that the bill also bans contraception. A Medical Affairs subcommittee postponed a vote Wednesday amid complaints the bill was too broad.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Container volume at the Port of Charleston is up sharply with March the busiest month at the port in almost six years. The South Carolina Ports Authority board says almost 86,000 containers moved through the port last month - an 11 percent jump over March of 2013.

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A squadron of Beaufort-based Marines and their F/A-18 Hornet jets are returning from a nine-month deployment in the Middle East. Marine Corps spokeswoman Sgt. Marcy Sanchez says the Marines of Fighter Attack Squadron 312 are coming come in two groups on Thursday and Friday.

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