Here is an early look at the stories we plan to cover Monday, December 3, 2012, subject to change as developments warrant. The South Carolina News Digest for Tuesday AMs will move at 3 p.m.
The news editor is Tim Rogers. The AP bureau for South Carolina can be reached at 800-922-1565 or 803-799-5510.
ILLEGAL IRAN EXPORTS
CHARLESTON — A North Charleston businessman is going on trial in federal court this week on charges of illegally exporting goods to Iran. Federal prosecutors also say Markos Baghdasarian lied to federal agents about trying to get South Carolina products into Iran. His jury trial opens on Monday.
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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's utilities regulator was scheduled Monday to endorse a settlement ending its investigation into whether Duke Energy misled officials before they approved its takeover of its largest rival. The North Carolina Utilities Commission had the power to reverse or change its earlier approval allowing the merger with Progress Energy to create the country's largest electric company. That risk would be buried if the deal is approved, along with embarrassing revelations about how Duke Energy board members soured on Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson and plotted to sack him despite public statements he would lead the combined company. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio.
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TRACTOR TRAILER WRECK, from LITTLE ROCK — A Dillon man has been killed after driving into a tractor trailer that was backing up on a South Carolina road. New. Moved as APNewsNow.
CHRISTMAS PARADE INJURY, from MURRELLS INLET — Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was run over after falling from a float in the Murrells Inlet Christmas parade. New. Moved as APNewsNow.
CHURCH RAMMED, from GREENVILLE — A Greenville man has been arrested and accused of ramming a car into a church. New. Moved as APNewsNow.
COLUMBIA CAROLIGHTING, from COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley and other officials are planning to kick off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony at the Statehouse. New. Moved as APNewsNow.
SOCKS DRIVE, from GILBERT — Law officers in Lexington County are lending a hand to some sick children this holiday season. New. Moved as APNewsNow.
GOVERNOR'S CHRISTMAS TREES, from COLUMBIA — Christmas is coming to the Governor's Mansion in Columbia as three white pine trees are being delivered thanks to the state Christmas Tree Growers Association. New. Moved as APNewsNow.
ABANDONED INFANT, from CONWAY — Officials in Horry County are holding a vigil to remember a baby whose body was found in a tote bag by a road. New. Moved as APNewsNow.