WASHINGTON - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford extended his stimulus spat with President Obama yesterday, asking him to allow the state to use $577 million of federal stimulus aid to pay down about $579 million on general obligation bonds for education.

Sanford made the request in a two-page letter, telling Obama he wants to use the aid from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act to pay down about $579 million of principal for state school facilities bonds and research university infrastructure bonds.

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