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Bill: Scrap Teacher Incentives

(AP) _ South Carolina would scrap incentive payfor teachers earning a prestigious national certification under acost-cutting measure given initial approval by legislators. A House Ways and Means subcommittee voted Tuesday to halt the$7,500 annual stipend for teachers earning national boardcertification, limiting it to those already in the system. South Carolina would suspend new loans that pay upfrontapplication fees for teachers…

Body Found at Restaurant Identified

We know the identity of the man found dead in a car in a restaurant drive through. Coroner Gary Watts tells ABC Columbia news 25 year old Stephen Duckett of Eastover died from a gunshot wound to the head. Duckett was found Wednesday morning in the drive through at the KFC on Taylor Street. Columbia police are looking to identify…

Book by First Lady to Hit Shelves

Jenny Sanford’s book hits the shelves, Friday. Her interview with Barbara Walters will be broadcast only here on ABC, but the hype surrounding the sordid tale already has midlands book stores prepping for sales. While Jenny Sanford’s story doesn’t have a happy ending, local booksellers tell us they might when her book is released, Friday. The interest so far has…

Columbia Ranks 13th in America’s Drunkest Cities

Columbia made high marks on a top-100 list, but this isn’t a list you want to be on. In an article published by Men’s Health Magazine, it ranks Columbia as the thirteenth drunkest city in the US. The magazine relied on data such as death rates from alcohol, liver disease, binge drinking frequency, and DUI arrests. The least drunk city…

Former NFL Player Tackles Gang Violence

He made tackles in the NFL. Now he is tackling the problem of gang violence in midlands. Chris Sheperd, aka Shep, encourages local youth to do the same. ABC Columbia’s Monique Williams has that story. To see the video, click on the player under the news section.

SC Students Pass

(AP) _ Results for the first year of SouthCarolina’s new state-standardized tests show fewer elementary andmiddle school students earned passing marks in English and math. Data released Thursday by the state Education Department showmore students passed science and social studies tests in 2009. Passing rates on the state’s new Palmetto Assessment of StateStandards ranged between 60 percent and 80 percent….

Watchdog Report: Fake Surveys Via Email

Customer service surveys are a way for businesses to find out how they are performing. Some may even reward you for taking the time to answer a few questions. In a special Watchdog Report, we take a closer look at fake surveys that could show up via email. To see the story, click on the video player under the news…

Clemson QB Transferring To Marshall

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson backup quarterback Willy Korn says he is transferring to Marshall to continue his football career after he graduates. Korn, who announced his intentions on Thursday, came to the Tigers in 2007 as one of the country’s top recruits. Fans expected the former Byrnes High School star to lead the team to several championships. However, Korn’s…

Florida Tops Tide, 66-65

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Erving Walker scored 14 points in the second half, including a jumper with 11 seconds left, to lift Florida to a 66-65 victory over Alabama on Thursday night. With the Gators (16-6, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) ahead 64-60 and 1:59 left, Anthony Brock stole the ball from Walker and scored on a three-point play. Mikhail Torrance’s jumper…

Former Gamecock Dunleavy Out As Clippers Coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Dunleavy stepped down as the Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Thursday, retaining his job as general manager. Assistant coach Kim Hughes will be the interim replacement for Dunleavy, who has led the Clippers to just one winning season since taking over the star-crossed franchise in 2003. The Clippers abruptly announced the moves in an afternoon…