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      Budget plan would designate $12M for new buses

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      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The latest budget plan would allow the South Carolinas Education Department to replace decades-old school buses that carry disabled students.

      The Senate has designated more than $12 million for new school buses in its $5.8 billion general budget spending plan for the coming year. Senators voted to take the money from unclaimed lottery prizes.

      Legislators have not set aside money for school buses since the 2007-08 budget.

      The agency's transportation director says the state could buy about 140 buses with the $12.4 million. The agency would focus on replacing buses for special needs students, which require lifts and spaces for wheelchairs.

      Don Tudor says all but a handful of the state's oldest buses from 1984 through 1987 carry disabled students.

      The Senate's budget debate continues this week.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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