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COLUMBIA — A years-long effort by state officials to help create standardized tests for South Carolina's public schools may become moot, leaving uncertain how students will be tested next spring. More than 350 schools across 67 districts were slated to conduct a trial run this spring of the "Smarter Balanced" tests that will determine students' proficiency in math and reading standards known as Common Core. By Seanna Adcox. SENT: 750 words.
SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING
CHARLESTON — South Carolina's Medicaid agency is paying an institute at Clemson University $50,000 to monitor Facebook, Twitter, bloggers and other social media. The state Department of Health and Human Services said it is using the information to help with customer service, like finding people who are having trouble with their health coverage. It also lets them know what people are thinking about Medicaid. SENT: 300 words.
SUMTER — It looks like a watch, but it doesn't tell time. It helps WynnDee DuRant find her 11-year-old daughter, Kelli, if she gets lost. By Jade Reynolds, The Sumter Item. SENT: 630 words, photos as an AP Member Exchange.
— POPULATION LOSSES, from ORANGEBURG — Orangeburg County officials are trying to figure out why the county's population shrunk while the rest of the state grew by 3 percent. SENT: 130 words.
— PROWLER SHOT, from ANDERSON — Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting in Anderson County that happened after the homeowner reported someone was trying to break in his house. SENT: 130 words.
— PEDESTRIAN KILLED, from COLUMBIA — Authorities are looking for the driver who ran over and killed a pedestrian in Richland County and then drove away. SENT: 130 words.
— POND DROWNING, from LITTLE RIVER — Authorities say the drowning of a 63-year-old man in an Horry County pond appears to be an accident. SENT: 130 words.
— SMALL PLANE-LANDING, from COMMERCE, Ga. — Police in northeastern Georgia say a small plane that took off from South Carolina made an emergency landing on a highway. SENT: 130 words.
— RHETT-FORT SUMTER, from CHARLESTON — A new exhibit in Charleston explores the connections between the city, Fort Sumter and "Gone with the Wind." SENT: 130 words.
The AP, Columbia
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