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Haley traveling to India to lure jobs

US Gov. Haley to travel to her parents' native country of India on trade mission

Haley traveling to India to lure jobs

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley is leading South Carolina's first trade trip to India in hopes of persuading companies in her parents' native country to bring jobs to South Carolina.

The newly re-elected Republican governor leaves Tuesday for a 10-day mission trip involving the state's commerce and tourism agencies.

It marks Haley's first visit to India since she was 2 years old. Her parents emigrated from India in the 1960s, before Haley was born in rural South Carolina.

Commerce Director Bobby Hitt says there's a lot of excitement about Haley's arrival, and her stature in India should help open doors. Haley is the first woman of Indian heritage to become governor of a U.S. state.

She is slated to attend more than 40 of the delegation's 90 scheduled meetings and events.