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      SC Black Caucus: Eckstrom needs to apologize

      By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus says the state's top accountant needs to apologize to the students and alumni of South Carolina State University for offensive comments.

      Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said Wednesday that South Carolina State can't rely on its students to bail out the university from its debt. He said students are going there because they can't get into other schools. That prompted loud groans from a standing-room-only crowd.

      His comments came before the Budget and Control Board on which Eckstrom sits approved loaning the school $6 million to help pay bills that began piling up in October. The school had sought a $13.6 million direct payment.

      The caucus says the state's only public historically black university has a rich heritage and attracts students from all economic levels.

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