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NEW: Inmate found to have been strangledGREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ The Greenville County coroner's office says an inmate found dead earlier this month at the Perry Correctional Institution was strangled.Authorities say Charles Martin was found on the prison floor December Eighth in a common area of the medium and minimum-security unit after an officer was alerted by other prisoners.Martin was serving five years for aggravated assault and trespassing in Spartanburg County and was supposed to be released at the end of the month.The coroner's office says Martin's death is being treated as a homicide.HUSBAND CHARGEDNEW: Man charged with killing his estranged wifeCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Columbia police say a 51-year-old man has killed his estranged wife.Investigators say Donald Ray Perry approached his wife in an apartment parking lot yesterday evening and shot her at least once.Jamesinia Perry died later at the hospital.ICE STORMNEW: Greenville mayor wants utility to bury power problemGREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ Greenville Mayor Knox White wants Duke Power to start burying the city's most vulnerable electric lines underground.White says he is most concerned with some lines up to 50 years old. The mayor says those lines were more likely to fail during an ice storm earlier this month that left 350-thousand Upstate customers without power.Duke says it will be glad to do that, if the city picks up the tab.After an ice storm in 2002, a report by Duke Power noted burying all lines underground could cost up to 35-thousand dollars per customer.RIGHT WHALESNEW: Right whales seen off Cape RomainCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Spotting right whales off South Carolina is not the rarity it once was.Four whales have been spotted within eight miles of the coast this year.A Wildlife Trust survey team is using planes and listening buoys to find the critically endangered species. Fewer than 400 right whales are known to exist.The state is placing warning signs at marinas and boat landings to caution boaters.DEMOCRATS-BUDGETNEW: Clyburn: Americans deserve better than Bush's leadershipWASHINGTON (AP) _ U-S Representative Jim Clyburn says Americans deserve better leadership than what they're getting from the Bush administration.Clyburn delivered today's Democratic weekly radio address. He says many Americans, including the troops in Iraq, are hurt by legislation that would cut 40 (b) billion dollars in federal spending over five years. The measure cuts funding for student aid, Medicaid and other entitlement programs.Clyburn accuses the Republicans of using the measure to cut services to the troops' families while giving wealthy people unfair and unneeded tax cuts.The Democrat also thinks the administration hasn't done enough to help victims of hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita.EVACUEE CHRISTMASNEW: Families celebrate holidays miles away from homeMYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ The Bitting family won't be home for Christmas.The family of five haven't been home since August, when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their Ocean Springs, Mississippi, home just three weeks after they moved in.But that doesn't mean this Christmas won't be special. The Bitting brothers _ Slate, Grayson and Cademon _ will spend the holidays with their grandparents in Surfside Beach.Eight-year-old Grayson says living with his grandparents has been one of his best experiences ever.

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