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News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Senate has advanced a bill allowing employers to give hiring preference to veterans and spouses of disabled veterans. A spokeswoman for the state Retail Association says businesses want to hire veterans but need assurances they won't be liable for giving them preference. The House approved the bill last month.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill banning abortion beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy has stalled in the state Senate. Lawmakers are concerned the bill also bans contraception. A Medical Affairs subcommittee postponed a vote today. Senators say the bill is too broad. Debate will likely continue later this month.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Container volume at the Port of Charleston is up sharply. March is the busiest month at the port in almost six years. The ports authority board also learned that almost 86,000 containers moved through the port last month.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - FEMA chief Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb are challenging emergency managers to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards. Fugate says officials should factor disaster preparedness into coastal development. Knabb says people along the East and Gulf coasts should know if they live in an evacuation zone.

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