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Corps to Provide $45M to Deepen Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Some political leaders say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing $45 million this year to help deepen a South Carolina harbor.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said in a news release Thursday the money will help pay to deepen Charleston Harbor to 52 feet, the deepest on the East Coast.

South Carolina State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome would not talk about the money until it's officially announced by the Army Corps. Newsome said in April the port needs $90 million in federal funds each year for three years to stay on schedule.

South Carolina lawmakers already provided the state's share of $271 million. Even with Thursday's announcement, the federal government has only provided $66 million of the $287 million it is supposed to pay.

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