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Gingrich visiting Charleston next week

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be in the Charleston area next week to talk with residents and power company officials.

The former U.S. House speaker will be at a town hall meeting Tuesday presented by the Charleston Tea Party. The free event is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at North Charleston City Hall.

Gingrich also will address South Carolina electric cooperative leaders Wednesday morning in Charleston Place Hotel. That event is closed to the public.

Ex-Alabama Gov. Riley released from hospital

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley was released from a Sarasota, Fla. hospital where he was recovering from injuries following a motorcycle wreck near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Riley's former chief of staff, Dave Stewart, said Riley was released Friday and would spend time recuperating at a family-owned condominium in the Sarasota area. Riley was in a hospital in Fairbanks until Monday, when he was transferred by a medical airplane to Sarasota.

Stewart said Riley was released from the hospital with instructions from doctors to rest while recuperating with family members at the condominium.