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      Hospitality Association gets new president

      Former SC Hospitality Associtation president Tom Sponseller.

      COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- The South Carolina tourism lobbying group whose president killed himself earlier this year is set to announce its new leader.

      The South Carolina Hospitality Association says it's naming a new president during a news conference Thursday.

      Tom Sponseller founded the group more than two decades ago and served as its public spokesman and chief lobbyist.

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      Authorities said Sponseller shot himself to death in February. In a suicide note, Sponseller said he was despondent after discovering that the association's accounting director had embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the group.

      Rachel Duncan was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud charges. Authorities have drawn no link between Sponseller and the missing money.