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      Attorney: SC loan approved at illegal meeting

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A first amendment lawyer says the largest loan ever approved by Santee Cooper was approved at an illegal board meeting.

      The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the state-owned utility approved the sale of $1.3 billion worth of bonds at a special meeting Thursday.

      But the local media was not notified 24 hours in advance. Attorney Jay Bender, who represents both the newspaper and the South Carolina Press Association, says that violates the state Freedom of Information Act.

      The act requires the media to be notified of all meetings.

      Santee Cooper officials said the agency posted a copy of the agenda in the lobby of its Moncks Corner headquarters and on a section of its website Tuesday night, more than a day before the special meeting.

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