- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley recognized a Democrat in her State of the State address.

Haley singled out Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., saying he deserved to be honored for his 40 years of service. She says Riley deserves credit for transforming Charleston to a crown jewel of the nation.

Riley plans to leave office next January.

Haley also recognized Kyle Carpenter for being awarded the Medal of Honor. Carpenter’s parents were Haley’s guests in 2012 as he recovered from injuries he suffered shielding fellow soldiers from a grenade blast in Afghanistan.

Haley’s guests included Ann Edwards, the widow of Gov. James Edwards, who died in December.

Haley opened her speech reading the names of South Carolina soldiers, police officers and paramedics who died in the line of duty in 2014.

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