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Dixie Chicks show goes well. Police crack down on litterers. National Prayer Day at Statehouse. ....More.


S.C. Democrats kick off run for White House. Senate considers tax swap. Black legislators upset over Thurmond cover to legislative manual....More.


BMW sees decline in sales overall. Upstate unemployment decrease. .
..More.


Debate over evolution might be rekindled. Pre-paid tuition plans losing money....More.


Richland creates mosquito program. Good oyster year.... More.


Brady centers close in Spartanburg....More.


Laurens district would be restored by Senate plan. Laurens asks county for help for adult education center....More.


Medicaid healthcare. Importance of teacher certification. Dick Neugent leaves a lasting legacy....More

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Friday, May 2, 2003
(Final edition posted at 9:30 a.m.)
New stories marked with an asterisk (*)

S.C. Democrats kick off run for White House

South Carolina Democrats kick off a weekend of festivities today that they hope will be the beginning of a successful journey to the White House in 2004.

The state party's slogan for the three days is "The Road to a Democratic White House Starts in South Carolina" - a reference to its first-in-the-South primary on Feb. 3. Nine Democratic presidential candidates begin arriving today to seek support of party activists

According to the latest South Carolina poll, the contest for who gets the nomination remains wide open - 47 percent of Democrats remain undecided.

Teacher certification pay rewards our best

From a guest column by Trina Dickerson in today's edition of The State:

"As the state's budget crisis has worsened, programs that have helped our state make key strides in education increasingly have found their way into lawmakers' line of fire.

"Education seems to be such an easy target, since it does make up the majority of the state's budget. Yet in the past, when states have enjoyed windfalls during better financial times, K-12 education has never received huge infusions of funds.

"I say a system that has produced astronauts, military commanders, doctors, lawyers, mechanics, technicians, artists, Nobel Prize winners (and the list does go on) must not be broken and does not deserve to be starved.

"Just like the diamonds in the rough we educate every day, education needs to be nurtured by our state. If we do, in the end, South Carolina's K-12 educational system will be the envy of all of the others."

 

 

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Dixie Chicks concert runs smoothly
Despite some mild protesting, the majority of people who attended the Dixie Chick's concert in Greenville went to enjoy the music. Greenville News, The State/AP, WIS-TV, Spartanburg Herald-Journal,* WLTX-TV,* Anderson Independent Mail,* Post and Courier

S.C. Democrats kick off run for White House
Nine Democratic presidential candidates begin arriving today to seek support of party activists. The State, New York Times/AP

Police on the lookout for litterbugs
More than 13,000 law enforcement officers across South Carolina are expected to participate in the crackdown on litterbugs during Zero Tolerance for Litter Weekend. The State/AP,* Post and Courier

National Day of Prayer observance at Statehouse
A special prayer rally was held Thursday at the S.C. Statehouse to celebrate the National Day of Prayer, with Governor Mark Sanford, Representative Denny Neilson, and Columbia's Chief of Public Safety and Acting City Manager Charles Austin attending. WIS-TV/AP

* New data makes S.C. home care comparison easier
The federal government has for the first time released information on the quality of S.C. home health agencies, including 16 that serve York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Charlotte Observer


Senate considers ending property tax for 2-cent sales tax hike
Senate Republican leaders are considering a tax swap to end property taxes on homes and cars, increase sales taxes by 2 cents, and raise as much as $200 million in additional funds for education. Greenville News, The State/AP

Black senators angered by legislative manual depicting Thurmond
Two black senators complained Thursday that depictions of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond on the cover of the new state Legislative Manual are a throwback to the state's segregationist past. Greenville News, WYFF-TV, New York Times/AP,* Post and Courier

Bauer offers no defense to increase in office budget
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer admitted the 17% increase for his office sets a bad example, when most agencies are getting budget cuts, but he said he didn't ask for it and wouldn't defend it. WIS-TV,* Post and Courier/AP

Hollings hopes bill saves manufacturing jobs
U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings introduced a bill that would create and help keep manufacturing jobs in the United States by providing tax incentives to companies that maintain and increase their domestic production. Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Lawmakers cracking down on securities fraud
A House subcommittee approved a bill that would give the state grand jury expanded powers to investigate securities fraud, but lawmakers say more needs to be done to update the state's securities law. Greenville News

* Bill passed to protect guide dogs
A House subcommittee passed a bill this week that would make it a crime to injure or kill a guide dog or other service animal. Myrtle Beach Sun News/AP

Catawba Indians worry bingo business could be hurt by bill
Catawba Indian Chief Gilbert Blue is concerned a Senate bill could interfere with the tribe's right to open a second bingo operation in South Carolina. The State/AP

BMW sales show decline
Sales in the United States of BMW brand vehicles declined 6.4 percent in April from a year ago and 1.1 percent for the first three months of the year. Greenville News

Upstate unemployment rate decreases
Unemployment rates throughout the 10-county Upstate declined in March, with the drop ranging from 0.05 percent to 2.8 percent. Greenville News, The State/AP,* Orangeburg Times and Democrat,* Rock Hill Herald

* BASF, Honeywell International close sale
BASF’s nylon fibers division officially changed hands to Honeywell International Inc. Thursday in Anderson. Anderson Independent Mail

Taylors Wal-Mart begins expansion for Supercenter Greenville News


Debate over evolution might be rekindled
The Senate has approved a bill that calls for creating a committee that would hear testimony from scientists and report to the General Assembly on whether alternatives to evolution as the origin of species should be offered in schools. Greenville News

Prepaid tuition plan losing funds
The shortfall in the state's tuition prepayment program has ballooned to more than $11 million, a result of spikes in college costs and poorer-than-expected returns on investments. The State

Program seek applicants to become future education leaders
The South Carolina Education Policy Fellows Program will provide 10 months of leadership training and policy study to anyone with a commitment to improving education. Spartanburg Herald-Journal/AP

Recruiters will help search for Beaufort High principal
Beaufort County School District officials hope that Beaufort High School will have a new principal before August. Beaufort Gazette

* NAACP demands school probe in Hart County
A state agency is investigating the Hart County NAACP chapter’s demands that the school district dismiss a middle school principal. Anderson Independent Mail

* Buildings being upgraded for special needs students
Bamberg-Ehrhardt School District 1 is renovating several of its school buildings to ensure that children with special needs receive an optimum education with the help of $1.2 million in grant funds. Orangeburg Times and Democrat

* USC Sumter blocks Troy State plan
Arguments by University of South Carolina Sumter officials to block a request by Troy State University to offer a four-year degree program at its downtown Sumter facility have effectively put the issue on hold until June. Sumter Item



Richland has started mosquito program
Richland County has started its mosquito control program, which is focusing on treating breeding sites and has done some targeted spraying for adults. The State

Ozone pollution high in Spartanburg
Spartanburg County has the highest level of ozone pollution in the state, according to the 2003 Air Quality Report. Spartanburg Herald-Journal

* Nuclear fuel might be kept in Hartsville
Progress Energy is looking to expand its capabilities of storing spent nuclear fuel at its H.B. Robinson Nuclear Plant until a federal repository can be completed sometime after 2010. Florence Morning News

Oyster harvesting season produces good catch
Across the state, the oyster season has been slightly above average. Hilton Head Island Packet

* Heritage Trust board postpones annexation
Myrtle Beach can continue its push to annex Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve, but a state advisory panel stopped short of giving the plan a definite endorsement Thursday. Myrtle Beach Sun News

Brady Centers close; clients relocated
The last of three Charles Brady Centers, residential care facilities for more than 100 clients, closed Thursday in Spartanburg. Spartanburg Herald-Journal

* Strand heart patients benefit from new stent
A new type of stent designed to lower the risk of clogged arteries after angioplasty is now available at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Sun News

* Richburg Family Medical Center closes due to budget cuts Chester News and Reporter


 

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Laurens district would be restored by Senate plan
A new Senate redistricting plan would return most of Laurens County into one district, eliminating a court-ordered map that would have split the county into three voting districts. Greenville News

Laurens adult education seeks county's help
Officials from the two Laurens County school districts are considering asking the county to help offset the cost of renting space in the county Higher Education Center for the adult education program. Greenville News

Proposed budget in Beaufort will require cuts
The Beaufort County Council was presented Thursday with a $67.4 million budget for next year that will require significant cuts in order to fulfill a council mandate calling for limited growth. Beaufort Gazette, Hilton Head Island Packet

* Hilton Head crime reports up over last year
Property crime, crimes against people and auto collisions on Hilton Head Island were up during the first quarter of 2003 compared to the same time last year. Carolina Morning News

* Myrtle Beach Convention Center told to grow internally
According to a consultants' report given to city leaders Thursday, Myrtle Beach should not expand its convention center until Myrtle Beach International Airport attracts more traffic and the city brings more conventions to the current facility. Myrtle Beach Sun News

* N.C. agrees to help pay for study of S.C. link
N.C. transportation officials on Thursday agreed to pay for part of an S.C.-led study to find a way to link S.C. 31 to U.S. 17, possibly near Shallotte, N.C. Myrtle Beach Sun News

* Cost review pivotal to fee plan approval
The Horry County League of Cities will support the Solid Waste Authority's new funding plan if a proposed cost-efficiency study shows good management. Myrtle Beach Sun News

* Private firm still at terminal
A State Ports Authority deadline for a private company to vacate a marine terminal at the former Charleston Naval Base has passed. Myrtle Beach Sun News/AP

* Lancaster residents may get tax hike
Lancaster County residents could face a property tax increase if the county's proposed budget gets final approval from the County Council. Charlotte Observer

* Cargo ship returns to Charleston from gulf
A little-used cargo ship returned to Charleston Tuesday after carrying military supplies to the war on Iraq. WCIV-TV

* Budget, housing, jobs key issues in Chester
Chester residents must decide who will address issues like affordable housing as they determine whether to re-elect incumbent King Thompson for another term as the Chester City Council Ward 4 representative or replace him. Rock Hill Herald

* Plan would boost Berkeley impact fees
The Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Authority is proposing a 63 percent increase in sewer impact fees. Post and Courier

* Charleston County Council votes to postpone reassessment cap
Charleston County Council members voted Thursday to postpone a controversial reassessment cap this year, which means downtown Charleston and Kiawah Island residents will pay higher property taxes. Post and Courier

* N. Charleston County Council candidates debate issues
Taxes, raises for city employees and keeping the community clean were all topics on Thursday when seven candidates for North Charleston City Council's District 10 seat tried to win voters for the June 12 election. Post and Courier

* Lancaster budget includes tax increase
The increase adds an additional 1.5 tax mills or about $5 added on the tax bill to the property owner with a $100,000 house. Lancaster News


 

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A million lose coverage
"Facing their worst budget crises since World War II, states throughout the nation are cutting Medicaid health care programs for low-income Americans, including children, seniors and the disabled. About 1.7 million Americans could lose coverage. In South Carolina, officials are in the process of eliminating benefits for 10,000 families — as many as 30,000 individuals." Greenville News

High Court ruling on utility points to lawmakers' folly
"The state Supreme Court's ruling in a lawsuit against the Hilton Head No. 1 Public Service District highlights once again how state lawmakers' failure to adhere to the state constitution can lead to a mess down the road." Hilton Head Island Packet

* Don't stumble on DMV reform
"The Division of Motor Vehicles was an early target for reform by the state House of Representatives, which approved in March a proposal to make the troubled agency part of the governor's Cabinet. The state Senate shouldn't let this session end without approving the bill." Post and Courier

* Regional thinking best growth approach
"Despite the complexity of our metro area and adjacent areas, it is hard to resist micro-thinking on growth, tourism and economic development. We tend to look to local elected officials to take the lead on such matters." Myrtle Beach Sun News

* Alternatives to locking up so many
"For the first time -- in history, so far as we can determine -- the jail and prison population in the United States now exceeds 2 million. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that as of June 30, 2002; this is nearly a year ago." Orangeburg Times and Democrat

Making a difference: Dick Neugent leaves a lasting legacy
"Dick Neugent today finishes his remarkable 21- year run as chief executive officer of St. Francis Hospital, a not-for-profit health system started in 1932 by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and acquired in 1999 by Bon Secours Health System. Greenville News

Bolton: City's plan to tear down Damon's more complicated than it appears
"On its face it may seem somewhat harmless that Columbia is buying the property Damon's restaurant sits on in order to use it to build a new convention center hotel." The State

Dickerson: Teacher certification pay rewards our best
"As the state's budget crisis has worsened, programs that have helped our state make key strides in education increasingly have found their way into lawmakers' line of fire." The State

Shi: Spartanburg also can claim birth of shape-note music
"Spartanburg boasts a rich musical heritage. The rocking Marshall Tucker Band, country music legend Charlie Daniels and Don Reno, considered the greatest banjo player ever, trace their roots to Spartanburg." Greenville News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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