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North Carolina being sued by South Carolina over water transfer

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina has sued North Carolina in federal court, hoping to stop the Tar heel state from draining millions of gallons of water from a river that flows across the state line.

South Carolina opposes plans by Concord and Kannapolis to pump up to ten million gallons a day from the Catawba River.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster says the Palmetto state is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the transfers of water from the Catawba River.

McMaster has said a 1993 North Carolina law creating that state's approval process for water transfers violates the US Constitution.

McMaster says one state can't directly affect another state.

He wants to force North Carolina to enter an interstate compact with South Carolina on water issues.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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