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S.C. Senate Passes $8B Budget; Teachers Get 1 Percent Raise

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate has passed an $8 billion budget giving a 1 percent salary increase for teachers and building a new state crime lab.

The Senate voted 30-9 to approve the spending plan Thursday. The House was debating the measure during the second day of a special session.

The budget gives $54 million to build a new State Law Enforcement Division crime lab and about $17 million for school safety measures - mostly door locks, cameras and metal detectors.

The budget assures no public school teacher in South Carolina makes less than $32,000 a year.

Looming over the debate was a proposal removed from the plan to refuse $34 million in federal money for family planning and abstinence education. A small part of the money goes to Planned Parenthood

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