Attorney: Early MUSC board meeting was illegal

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A media attorney says the Medical University of South Carolina's Board of Trustees violated the state's Freedom of Information Act by starting a public meeting early.

      The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the board's Thursday meeting was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. But at that time, the paper was told the public session was already over.

      Media attorney Jay Bender says state law requires notice and opportunity for any public citizen to sit in on the meetings.

      After the meeting, Board Chairman Tom Stephenson said the board voted on a 3 percent tuition increase for students in the medical, dental and pharmacy schools. He said the board didn't intend to hide anything from the public.