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Former police chief in SC gets probation for stealing $4,600

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A former police chief in South Carolina likely will avoid jail time for stealing more than $4,600 taken during a drug arrest in his city. Former Eutawville Police Chief Steven Daniel Holloway pleaded guilty earlier this month to misconduct in office and receiving stolen goods. The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports the 38-year-old former chief was sentenced to a year in prison, but won't have to serve the time behind bars as long as he completes nine months of probation and pays back the $4,606 he stole. The judge also noted on Holloway's sentencing sheet he cannot work as a law enforcement officer again.


Suit filed over Margaritaville Amusement Park construction

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A contractor is threatening to stop work on Margaritaville Amusement Park in south Mississippi. A federal court lawsuit says the contractor is owed $5 million in unpaid construction bills. The Tindall Corporation is suing companies affiliated with Margaritaville Resort Biloxi and the amusement park being built beside it. Margaritaville developers say their dispute with Tindall is over how much work has been completed, and the parties are in negotiations to resolve their issues.


South Carolina firm buys Mississippi's Double Quick stores

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — A South Carolina company is buying a convenience store chain based in Mississippi's Delta region. Refuel Operating Co. of Charleston, South Carolina, announced the purchase Thursday of Double Quick, based in Indianola, Mississippi. The companies didn't disclose a price or other terms. The sale will be completed later this year. Double Quick has 41 stores in Mississippi and eight in Arkansas. Refuel will keep using the Double Quick name for now. Connecticut-based First Reserve bought Refuel in early 2019, seeking to create a large regional convenience store company. Refuel has since bought a number of convenience stores in South Carolina.


Mom fights for SC balcony inspection law after son's death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators want more information about a bill that would require state inspectors to check on wooden balconies on hotels, apartment buildings and other multifamily dwellings. Jennifer Mykytyn's son died in 2008 after he slipped and fell through a rotten wooden railing on a balcony at his Massachusetts apartment. Mykytyn advocated for inspection laws in Massachusetts and now wants one in her new home state of South Carolina. A subcommittee didn't vote on the bill, but asked her to share more information. State officials say there is no list of all the wooden balconies in South Carolina.


For first time, Biden calls Obama deportations 'big mistake'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Presidential candidate Joe Biden says it was a “big mistake” for the Obama administration to have deported hundreds of thousands of people without criminal records. Biden says in a wide-ranging, sometimes contentious interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos that it took the Obama administration “too long” to get its immigration policy right. Biden was vice president during the administration's eight years. The interview comes as Biden campaigns in Nevada ahead of that state's Feb. 22 caucuses. It's the first nominating contest to feature a significant number of Latinos.


Biden on Sanders' aggressive supporters: 'I'd disown them'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is lashing out at Democratic rival Bernie Sanders for not doing enough to control his most aggressive supporters. Biden's attack comes during an interview with NBC's “Meet The Press” set to air Sunday. Biden is fighting to rescue his struggling presidential bid while Sanders works to strengthen his top-tier standing after the contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. Both are among the candidates campaigning this weekend in Nevada. The state's formal presidential caucuses are still a week away, but Democrats turned out Saturday for the first of four days of early voting.