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


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Police have arrested a South Carolina woman on animal mistreatment and child neglect charges after they say her house was “unfit for animal or human inhabitance.” The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports 53-year-old Karen Nickerson was arrested Saturday after a concerned family member contacted police.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook resigned after missing the NCAA Tournament two of the past three years. Holbrook said in a statement that leaving after five seasons was the best decision for everyone. The Gamecocks had reached the NCAA Tournament 15 straight seasons before falling short in 2015 and this past year.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Legislature has approved a roughly $8 billion spending plan for state taxes, despite opposition to a provision that strips South Carolina’s higher education agency of its ability to review the bulk of public colleges’ building plans. The Senate on Tuesday initially rejected the budget clause suspending the agency’s authority.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant says no taxpayer dollars should go to Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider in South Carolina for any health care service, even if it’s to “provide vitamin C.” Bryant warned Tuesday he won’t sign off on next year’s budget if one penny goes to an abortion provider. None get direct state appropriations. Medicaid does reimburse for some non-abortion services such as cancer screenings and contraceptives.

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