News In Brief - March 13, 2008

S.C. Rep. Moss to seek re-election in District 29

State Rep. Dennis Moss kicked off his re-election bid this week, saying he wants to return to Columbia to continue what he started.

Moss, a Democrat, defeated Danny Stacy two years ago to take the District 29 House seat, which covers western York County and parts of Chester and Cherokee counties. A former state trooper, Moss serves as third vice chairman of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.

Candidate filing begins March 17 and continues through the end of the month.

Second homeless summit tonight at City Hall

A summit on homelessness in York County is scheduled for tonight in Rock Hill. The public is invited to the 6 p.m. event, with registration starting at 5:30 p.m.

Among the speakers are Susan Dean, director of Pilgrims' Inn shelter for women and families, and Jennifer Disney, board chairwoman of A Place for Hope in the Blackmon Road community.

Tonight's meeting marks the second such summit on local homelessness. Since the first meeting last year, a warming center opened at the local Salvation Army as a shelter of last resort for homeless men.

A new 2-1-1 phone system helps people reach services such as rent assistance. Records show that 53 percent of calls have been related to housing needs, the United Way reports.

To RSVP or for information on the summit, call 324-2735.

Two suspects linked to slaying of UNC student

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Detectives hunted Wednesday for a 17-year-old charged with murder in the slaying of University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson. A second suspect was arrested and ordered held without bond.

Police consider Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr. armed and dangerous and called in a SWAT team during an apparently unsuccessful search for him Wednesday afternoon in nearby Durham.

As that search was underway, second suspect Demario James Atwater, 21, of Durham, was making an initial court appearance on charges of first-degree murder.

His next court date was set for March 24, and he was ordered held without bond.

Carson, a 22-year-old from Athens, Ga., was found last Wednesday lying on a street about a mile from campus.

Former Graham aide indicted on fraud charges

WAHALLA -- A former aide to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been indicted on breach of trust and financial fraud charges in connection with money missing from the South Carolina Republican's campaign accounts.

Jennifer Adams of Westminster is accused of taking about $215,000 from the senator's accounts between 2002 and 2007. According to a report in the Independent-Mail of Anderson, she also is charged with using the senator's personal information to obtain a credit card for her own use.

Adams was arrested in December and released on $60,000 bail.

Adams was fired by the Graham campaign in June.

Program aims to keep students in school

COLUMBIA -- High school students at risk of dropping out of school could take courses to prepare them for the high school equivalency test along with other classes in a pilot program discussed Wednesday by a Senate committee.

The legislation would create a trial GED program in 2008-2009 at two high schools for students ages 16 to 19.

It's designed for students who are a couple of years behind in school and don't expect to graduate, said David Stout, the state Education Department's adult education director.

South Carolina's rate for students graduating high school on time ranks last in the nation.

The roughly 15 students in each pilot program would split their day between GED preparation courses and traditional classes or vocational training, Stout said.