Jul 31

South Carolina's delegation wants answers about 350 undocumented children

The U.S. Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File COLUMBIA – The Republican members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the - secretaries of Homeland Security, & Health & Human Services, requesting additional information concerning undocumented children being housed in South Carolina. In the - letter dated July 28, the - congressmen expressed frustration after the - Department of Health & Human Services formally announced in that 350 undocumented children were placed with sponsors in South Carolina without notice to local authorities. “We are troubled in that this data is just coming to light & was not provided to Congress or our delegation in a timely & normal fashion,” read the - letter, which was signed by Sens. Lindsey Graham & Tim Scott, & Reps. Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney & Tom Rice. Mulvaney asserted they 1st drafted a letter last week, in an effort to request more information. On Friday, however, they learned HHS had already placed the - 350 children in South Carolina homes. …

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Jul 31

Boeing to make longest 787-10 Dreamliner exclusively in South Carolina

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Harriet McLeod <!– –> NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., July 30 (Reuters) – Boeing Co asserted on Wed. it will build its biggest Dreamliner, the - 787-10, exclusively at its South Carolina plant in North Charleston, a move in that marked the - continuing evolution of Boeing’s production strategy for its flagship jet. Investors are banking on rising 787 production to lower the - cost of making the - jet & generate cash flow in that can be used to reward shareholders. The newest & longest of three 787 models, the - 787-10 moreover is eagerly awaited by airlines looking for its increased seating. The plane will carry 323 passengers, 33 % more than the - 787-8 & 15 % more than 787-9, with considerably lower fuel consumption than current-generation jets of similar size. But the - new plane’s longer fuselage sections will be “too long to be transported efficiently” from North Charleston to Everett, Washington, where Boeing has two 787s assembly lines, Boeing asserted in a statement. Systems for the - mid- & aft-body sections for the - smaller 787s are installed at the - North Charleston plant & most of the - sections are flown to Everett for final assembly. The South Carolina plant moreover assembles some of the - smaller 787s. “We looked at all our options & found the - most efficient & effective answer is to build the - 787-10 at Boeing South Carolina,” Larry Loftis, vice president & general manager of the - 787 program, asserted in a statement. “This will allow us to balance 787 production across the - North Charleston & Everett sites as we increase production rates.” The North Charleston line will continue to produce 787-8 & 787-9s, Boeing said. The site moreover will increase production to five a month in 2016 from three a month currently, Boeing said. …

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Jul 31

Boeing taps S.Carolina to make longest 787-10 Dreamliner

<!– google_ad_section_start –> (Adds reaction from unions & analysts) <!– –> By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., July 30 (Reuters) – Boeing Co chose on Wed. to build its biggest Dreamliner, the - 787-10, exclusively at its South Carolina plant in North Charleston, saying the - jet is too large to build economically in more than one location. Investors are banking on rising 787 production to lower the - cost of making the - jet & generate cash flow in that can be used to reward shareholders. The newest & longest of three 787 models, the - 787-10 moreover is eagerly awaited by airlines looking for its increased seating. The plane will carry 323 passengers, 33 % more than the - 787-8 & 15 % more than 787-9, with considerably lower fuel consumption than current-generation jets of similar size. But the - new plane’s longer fuselage sections will be “too long to be transported efficiently” from North Charleston to Everett, Washington, where Boeing has two 787s assembly lines, Boeing asserted in a statement. The decision drew immediate criticism from the - machinist & engineering unions, as the - Boeing plan will move work to a non-union factory. “It’s part of the - company’s plan to redistribute commercial production away from Washington state,” asserted Ray Goforth, executive director of the - Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), which represents about 23,000 workers at Boeing. International Association of Machinists District 751 President Tom Holden asserted in a acknowledgment in that he was saddened at Boeing’s decision. The union’s 31,000 members in the - Seattle area are the - “best choice” for producing quality work on schedule, he said. But some analysts asserted the - decision had been expected, in part 'cause the - jet’s large body pieces were complex to ship, & 'cause two assembly lines would be expensive for the - 787-10. …

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Jul 31

Despite court ruling, no wedding bells for same-sex couples in South Carolina

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – Five gay couples were denied marriage licenses on Wed. at a South Carolina courthouse as they offered a symbolic challenge to the - state’s same-sex marriage ban. As a crowd of supporters waited outside a Greenville County courthouse, the - couples filled out marriage applications & were turned away. The couples were trying to push South Carolina to lift its ban after a ruling on Monday by a U.S. appeals court in that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. That appeals court would moreover have jurisdiction over gay marriage challenges in South Carolina, as well as North Carolina & West Virginia. Ivy Hill, 27, & Misha Gibson, 36, were optimistic after their fourth unsuccessful attempt to get married. “We could have full marriage equality in South Carolina within months,” asserted Hill. South Carolina Equality, a gay rights advocacy group, & the - state chapter of the - American Civil Liberties Union have launched a petition drive asking elected state authorities to reconsider plans to keep defending a voter-approved state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. “This administration will continue to uphold the - will of the - people,” a spokesman for Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted in a statement. …

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Jul 31

Evolutionary progress:Darwin 1, creationists 0

In South Carolina, State Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville attempted to revive the - century-old debate about the - teaching of evolution in public school classrooms, yet the - fire seems to have gone out of in that crusade. Federal courts ruled years of time ago in that both creationism & intelligent design – the - approaches favored by biblical literalists – are not scientific theories & should not be taught in public schools. The literalists’ last stand is an effort to make the - curriculum suggest doubts about a theory in that scientists consider uncontroversial. No, thanks, educators are saying. S.C. education leaders agreed only to state a simple fact: in that “evolution, as with any aspect of science, is continually open to & subject to experimental & observational testing.” Back in the - 1920s, fundamentalists stormed through the - South, preaching in that teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution amounted to branding the - Bible a book of lies. Mississippi enacted a ban after a legislator argued in that Darwin’s theory made a monkey out of God. North Carolina rejected a ban after a young legislator named Sam Ervin argued in that all it would do was “gratify the - monkeys to know they are absolved from all responsibility for the - conduct of the - human race.” Though only Mississippi, Arkansas & Tennessee banned teaching of evolution, in most Southern states the - debate has periodically re-emerged South Carolina’s dispassionate handling of the - issue suggests it’s over. Thank heavens.

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Jul 31

South Carolina's congressmen request answers from feds on undocumented children

The U.S. Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File COLUMBIA – The Republican members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the - secretaries of Homeland Security, & Health & Human Services, requesting additional information concerning undocumented children being housed in South Carolina. In the - letter dated July 28, the - congressmen expressed frustration after the - Department of Health & Human Services formally announced in that 350 undocumented children were placed with sponsors in South Carolina without notice to local authorities. “We are troubled in that this data is just coming to light & was not provided to Congress or our delegation in a timely & normal fashion,” read the - letter, which was signed by Sens. Lindsey Graham & Tim Scott, & Reps. Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney & Tom Rice. Mulvaney asserted they 1st drafted a letter last week, in an effort to request more information. On Friday, however, they learned HHS had already placed the - 350 children in South Carolina homes. …

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Jul 31

South Carolina Approves Measure to Facilitate Critiquing of Evolution in Schools

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina education panel voted unanimously this week in favor of a measure in that would allow teachers & students in public schools to critique evolution & discuss the - assumptions underlying the - theory. On Tuesday, a six-member panel of state education leaders met in Columbia to discuss South Carolina’s high school biology standards. The panel was comprised of members of the - State Board of Education & the - Education Oversight Committee. As previously reported, South Carolina’s biology standards have recently been the - subject of controversy. Earlier this year, Education Oversight Committee member Mike Fair came under fire from evolutionists for objecting to a proposal in that supported evolution & natural selection. “To teach in that natural selection is the - answer to origins is wrong,” Fair had told reporters. “I don’t have a issue with teaching theories. [However] I don’t think it should be taught as fact.” Reportedly reports, South Carolina education leaders have now sided with Fair by acknowledging in that evolution is a theory in that is largely based on assumptions, rather than direct observations. “Science is the - systematic gathering of information through both direct & indirect observation,” a revision to the - state’s Biology standards states. …

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Jul 31

WellCare Offers New Over-The-Counter Benefit To Its South Carolina Medicaid Members

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –> TAMPA, Fla. (July 31, 2014) – WellCare Health Plans, Incorporated (WCG) is now offering a $120 credit per family, per year towards over-the-counter (OTC) items as part of its Medicaid program benefits in South Carolina. The benefit can be used to get more than 150 items – in addition to vitamins, pain relievers, cold & allergy medicines, baby wipes, & diapers – at no cost to members. WellCare of South Carolina Medicaid members continue to receive additional expanded benefits in that contain gift cards to CVS pharmacy for engaging in activities in that support better health outcomes, such as seeing a primary care provider within 90 days of joining the - health plan; & complimentary diapers for members who complete their postpartum appointments & get the - recommended childhood immunizations. “We are committed to continually improving the - services in that we provide to our members to assist them in achieving & maintaining optimal health,” asserted Dave Shafer, state president, WellCare of South Carolina. “Our enhanced benefits are designed to positively impact the - health of our South Carolina Medicaid members, & ultimately can assist to reduce the - long-term costs of health care.” The OTC items are mailed free (no cost) of charge to members & can be obtained via WellCare customer service at 1-888-588-9842 (TTY/TDD 1-877-247-6272) or via WellCare`s secure member portal at www.southcarolina.wellcare.com. As of June 30, 2014, WellCare serves approximately 69,000 Medicaid members, 24,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members & 3,000 Medicare Advantage members in South Carolina. About WellCare Health Plans, Incorporated WellCare Health Plans, Incorporated …

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Jul 31

Fight over Tennessee Supreme Court justices costly so far

NASHVILLE — Spending in the - ongoing fight over the - re-election of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices has now topped $575,000, according to an independent group. And those figures are just for television ads as justices & their allies battle conservative Republican groups looking for to oust them, according to an independent group. New figures let go Wed. by the - nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice show Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee & Gary Wade as well as an independent group, Tennesseans for Fair Courts, have spent about $316,000 on TV ads so far. The ads seek to defend the - justices, who were appointed by former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen. All three are in a retain/reject retention election Aug. 7. Meanwhile, two groups, the - Tennessee Forum & the - State Government Leadership Foundation, a national Republican group, have spent a combined $254,890 on television attacking the - justices, according to the - Brennan Center. But that’s not counting money spent on radio, direct mail, phone banking & other efforts by these groups & others, a list which includes the - Tennessee chapter for Americans for Prosperity, a national group affiliated with the - billionaire conservative Koch brothers. It’s all part of an effort led by the - powerful Republican state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey. …

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Jul 31

Vols' Lopez to miss 2014-15 season with torn ACL

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Tennessee guard Brandon Lopez has a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in that will prevent him from playing in the - 2014-15 season. School authorities formally announced Tuesday in that Lopez had injure his knee while playing basketball with his teammates on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 walk-on from Knoxville, Tennessee, had appeared in 31 games over the - past three seasons. Lopez was the - lone pure point guard on Tennessee’s roster. New Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall had mentioned this summer in that Lopez had an possibility to earn much more playing time this season. Tyndall asserted in a university release in that ”obviously this is a huge blow to our team, as Brandon had worked himself in to a position where he was competing for a starting role.” Sports & Recreation American Football anterior cruciate ligament Knoxville, Tennessee <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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