Sep 30

Bond set for South Carolina House speaker in official misconduct case

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Harriet McLeod <!– –> CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – Bond was set on Monday for suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell at his 1st court appearance since being indicted on nine misdemeanor charges of misusing crusade money & official misconduct, his lawyer said. The $18,000 bond for Harrell, a Republican, does not require him to put up any money unless he fails to appear for a future court proceeding in Columbia, South Carolina, asserted his attorney, Bart Daniel. Harrell, who has asserted he never knowingly violated the - law, suspended himself from office a day after being indicted this month on charges he used crusade funds for personal expenses & falsified his private plane’s logbook to seek payment for non-existent travel. He has called the - indictment a “political vendetta” carried out by the - state’s Republican lawyer general, Alan Wilson, who ordered the - investigation in to Harrell’s practices last year & convened a grand jury. The state Supreme Court ruled in June in that Wilson had the - authority to investigate a citizen’s ethics complaint. Daniel asserted on Monday in that Harrell had cooperated with investigators over the - past year. Harrell has served as speaker of the - South Carolina House of Representatives since 2005. Reportedly the - indictment, he wrongly paid himself $294,000 in untaxed income & paid $70,000 to an administrative assistant at his insurance firm while filing disclosure forms saying the - money was being spent on crusade or legislative efforts. He moreover used crusade money to pay off credit card debt & for home-related expenses, the - indictment said. …

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Sep 30

Coach Spurrier: South Carolina can still win SEC

<!– google_ad_section_start –> COLUMBIA, S.C. [AP] -- Reports — Steve Spurrier believes South Carolina can still win the - Southeastern Conference, so he wants his Gamecocks to quickly reorganize from their stunning loss to Missouri last week. The coach asserted the - SEC’s East Division is full of acceptable teams – in addition to the - Kentucky team the - two-loss Gamecocks face this weekend – yet no dominant one. ”If we can start playing, really playing, I think it’s a acceptable chance whoever wins the - East will have two losses,” Spurrier said. The same thing could go for the - Wildcats, who broke a 17-game SEC losing streak by beating Vanderbilt last week & took Florida to triple-overtime before losing their league opener. Spurrier has beaten the - Wildcats 20 of 21 times in his career at South Carolina & Florida. But asserted this year’s Wildcats are a lot better than the - ones he used to beat by 60 points or more while coaching the - Gators. ”Kentucky Wildcats are a pretty acceptable team. They don’t look like some of their teams 10, 15 years of time ago. They are very fast, athletic. …

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Sep 30

Advanced Box Score: South Carolina Gamecocks v. Missouri Tigers

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View photo . The defense shows up, the - offense doesn’t, & in that left it down to a game in that could (and did) swing on just one play, or just one offensive coaching decision. If South Carolina ends this season 7-5, this game goes down as just a frustrating result in a season full of them. If they somehow complete 11-2 yet again, add this as another chapter in the - South Carolina Gave Away A Golden Opportunity scrapbook, which has become far too full over the - last few years. Advanced Box Score Missouri Carolina Advantage Points 21 20 Drives 14 15 Pts/Drive 1.50 1.33 Missouri Plays 67 79 Carolina Yards 287 338 Carolina Yds. per Play 4.28 4.28 Missouri Standard Downs 5.00 3.98 Missouri Passing Downs 3.22 4.85 Carolina Success Rate 31.34% 40.51% Carolina SD – Success 45.00% 50.00% Carolina PD – Success 11.11% 22.22% Carolina Rushing 31 plays 37 plays Rush Yds 181 162 Missouri Rush Success Rate 45.2% 48.6% Carolina Rush Yds/Play 5.84 4.38 Missouri Passing 36 plays 42 plays Pass Yds 106 176 Carolina Pass Success Rate 19.4% 33.3% Carolina Pass Yds/Play 2.94 4.19 Carolina Penalty 71 74 Carolina Down-by-Down 1st Down Success 42.86% 48.39% Carolina 1st Down Yds/Play 7.07 4.61 Missouri 2nd Down Success 20.00% 36.00% Carolina 2nd Down Yds/Play 2.45 5.88 Carolina 3rd Down Success 12.50% 38.10% Carolina 3rd Down Yds/Play 2.00 2.29 Carolina 4th Down Success 100.00% 0.00% Missouri 4th Down Yds/Play 2.67 0.00 Missouri Quarter-by-quarter 1Q Success Rate 35.0% 43.8% Carolina 1Q Yards/Play 4.85 4.50 Missouri 2Q Success Rate 23.5% 41.7% Carolina 2Q Yards/Play 1.29 4.46 Carolina 3Q Success Rate 16.7% 47.6% Carolina 3Q Yards/Play 3.33 4.29 Carolina 4Q Success Rate 44.4% 27.8% Missouri 4Q Yards/Play 7.11 3.83 Missouri Starting Field Position Own 29 Own 29 DRAW Turnovers 0 0 DRAW Scoring Trips 5 4 Missouri Pts/Trip 4.2 5.0 Carolina *Standard downs – all 1st downs, 2nd & less than 8, 3rd/4th & less than 5 *Passing downs – all other downs *Success is 50% of yards on 1st, 70% of yards on 2nd, & 100% on 3rd or 4th *Scoring trips – drives with one 1st down inside the - opposing team’s 40-yard line 1. The defense did its job Certainly, we knew Missouri had some issues, with offensive line injuries, a quarterback untested on the - road, & overall an offense simply not up to rising to the - same heights as the - 2013 unit. That said, Vanderbilt has issues on offense, & in that didn’t stop them from putting together four scoring drives & only punting three times against the - USC defense. But after four games, the - Carolina defense put on its best performance of the - season by a mile. They weren’t perfect – they failed to really crack down on the - running game, for one thing – yet they did a acceptable job of putting Missouri in offensive positions & then did a phenomenal job of slamming down the - hammer. …

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Sep 30

Tennessee lawmakers react to ISIS threat

By SAMANTHA MANNING6 News Reporter KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee lawmakers are responding to the - handling of the - ISIS threat & are speaking out on whether or not the - U.S. should send more troops to the - Middle East. “So far, we have what I would call a political plan, not a military plan,”said Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. Alexander asserted he believes President Pres. Obama needs to present a clear & specific proposal to Congress if he wants to send more troops to the - Middle East & asserted he wants Congress to debate the - issue & vote soon. “We don’t want to go on a military adventure without specific objectives, overwhelming force & the - stomach to see it all the - way through to the - end,” Alexander said. “If we don’t have all three, we shouldn’t go.” Republican U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan asserted he won’t support any plan to send more troops to the - unstable region. …

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Sep 30

Tennessee Appeals Court: State must release names of people involved in execution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee must turn over the - names of people involved in executions to the - attorneys for 11 death row inmates, a state appeals court ruled. The ruling Monday came as part of a broader lawsuit from the - inmates challenging the - state’s lethal injection method & its law allowing electrocutions, claiming both are unconstitutional. Attorneys for the - inmates asserted the - names of people involved, in addition to the - pharmacist who will compound the - drug & the - supervising physician, are needed so they can investigate whether they are qualified, among other things. “Not revealing the - information to us is the - equivalent of saying, ‘Trust us, we wouldn’t lie to you,’” Kelley Henry, who represents some of the - inmates, asserted in an email. Attorneys for the - state argued in that Tennessee law prohibits public disclosure of the - identity of people involved in an execution. They offered to provide the - inmates’ attorneys with information about the - education, training & certifications of those involved & let the - inmates’ attorneys conduct depositions with them from behind a screen so their identities would be shielded. That would still leave the - inmates “unable to independently verify this information or subject it to meaningful scrutiny,” the - appeals court ruled. Attorney general’s office spokeswoman Leigh Ann Jones asserted Monday they were reviewing the - ruling. The names will be let go only to the - inmates’ attorneys, who are prohibited from revealing them to nearly anyone else, in addition to their clients. …

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Sep 30

Court: Tenn. must release execution information

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NASHVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Tennessee must turn over the - names of people involved in executions to the - attorneys for 11 death row inmates, a state appeals court ruled. <!– –> The ruling Monday came as part of a broader lawsuit from the - inmates challenging the - state’s lethal injection method & its law allowing electrocutions, claiming both are unconstitutional. Attorneys for the - inmates asserted the - names of people involved, in addition to the - pharmacist who will compound the - drug & the - supervising physician, are needed so they can investigate whether they are qualified, among other things. “Not revealing the - information to us is the - equivalent of saying, ‘Trust us, we wouldn’t lie to you,’” Kelley Henry, who represents some of the - inmates, asserted in an email. Attorneys for the - state argued in that Tennessee law prohibits public disclosure of the - identity of people involved in an execution. They offered to provide the - inmates’ attorneys with information about the - education, training & certifications of those involved & let the - inmates’ attorneys conduct depositions with them from behind a screen so their identities would be shielded. That would still leave the - inmates “unable to independently verify this information or subject it to meaningful scrutiny,” the - appeals court ruled. Attorney general’s office spokeswoman Leigh Ann Jones asserted Monday they were reviewing the - ruling. The names will be let go only to the - inmates’ attorneys, who are prohibited from revealing them to nearly anyone else, in addition to their clients. …

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Sep 30

Tennessee LB Bates out for season with torn labrum

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Tennessee reserve linebacker Dillon Bates has a torn labrum & will miss the - remainder of the - season. Volunteers coach Butch Jones formally announced Bates’ injury Monday at his weekly news conference. Bates, a freshman, made six tackles in Tennessee’s 1st four games. Jones asserted Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC) would seek a redshirt exemption for Bates. Jones asserted quarterback Justin Worley should be at 100 % for Saturday’s game with Florida (2-1, 1-1) after briefly leaving a 35-32 loss to Georgia last week with an elbow injury. Worley missed three series before returning in the - fourth quarter. The status of receivers Von Pearson & Josh Smith remains uncertain as they recover from high ankle sprains. Pearson has missed two games. Smith sat out the - Georgia game. …

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Sep 30

Escapes spark changes at Tennessee juvenile center

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NASHVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Tennessee authorities plan to beef up security at a juvenile detention center where three major escape attempts in less than a month have worried the - facility’s neighbors, yet they moreover want to keep the - it from becoming too much like an adult prison. <!– –> Jim Henry, commissioner of the - state Department of Children’s Services, told The Associated Press -- Reports on Monday in that he plans to seek court approval to be able to lock the - teens in their rooms & to donate guards access to tear gas in emergencies. But he asserted he does not support arming the - guards. “We’re not going to re-create a correctional type facility, yet we do need security so people can’t just attack a guard anytime they want to,” Henry said. Authorities asserted 13 teens escaped from the - Woodland Hills complex in Nashville on Friday night after overpowering a guard & squeezing through the - main gate. All of them were apprehended by Sunday morning. That occurrence followed a Sept. 1 breakout by 32 teens who kicked out metal panels under windows to get in to the - courtyard & then slipped under a weak spot under a fence. All yet two of teens were after caught or turned in. …

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Sep 30

NC State coach: No. 1 Florida State faked injuries

RALEIGH, N.C. -The game between North Carolina State & Florida State continued Monday with coach Dave Doeren saying the - Seminoles faked injuries to slow the - Wolfpack down in their meeting over the - weekend. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher didn’t appreciate the - accusation. “It’s a re-occurring thing,” Doeren asserted Monday. “It’s not just Florida State where it’s happening. There’s nothing the - authorities can do about it. It’s not a rule in college football. But I think it’s unsportsmanlike, personally.” Doeren 1st raised the - issue after Saturday’s 56-41 loss to top-ranked FSU, then was asked about it Monday during his weekly news conference. Doeren asserted FSU defensive players would go down with an injury in that stopped the - clock, go to the - sideline then immediately return to the - game. He asserted one FSU player walked to the - sideline “as slow as humanly possible” after an injury then returned to the - game. …

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Sep 30

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers Complete Game Preview

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Last Saturday’s 50-35 win over North Carolina was a amazing possibility for the - Clemson Tigers to get things back on track, yet they must now turn the - page to another conference foe. The North Carolina State Wolfpack roll in to Clemson’s Death Valley this Saturday without a notable win yet plenty of momentum. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is probably still having offensive dreams after the - Wolfpack gave the - No. 1 Seminoles a acceptable scare on Saturday. N.C. State jumped up 24-7 after one quarter, yet the - Seminoles were able to pull out the - success with 28 points in the - 2nd half. Putting points on the - board was the - least of the - Tigers’ worries against the - Tar Heels, yet this next matchup will be a chance for the - defense to redeem itself, after giving up 478 yards of total offense to North Carolina. Grant Halverson/Getty Images Get Jacoby Brissett out of the - Pocket The Tigers have one of the - best defensive lines in the - country, so they are a team in that has a amazing ability to pressure the - quarterback. If Brissett is able to scramble away from the - blitz, it could open up opportunities to throw the - ball downfield. Pressure Deshaun Watson Watson proved against North Carolina—with 435 yards & six touchdowns—that he can find open seams down the - field if he has time to throw. …

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