Jul 22

Mayor Riley challenges BlueCross BlueShield on urgent care decision

Medcare Urgent Care is one of two urgent care providers BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will drop from its network for many customers starting in October. Michael Pronzato/ Staff Public opinion is mounting against BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s decision to drop two large urgent care providers from its network after this year. In a letter to the - company last week, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley asserted the - insurer’s decision seems “financially self-serving” & “highly detrimental to your independent customers.” Riley wrote he believes it limits options & will “clearly increase our health care cost.” “Freedom of choice is always desirable, particularly in health care,” Riley said. “I urge you to reconsider the - decision.” A spokeswoman for the - insurance company asserted it has received a small number of additional inquiries from customers about this decision. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the - biggest private insurance company in the - state, confirmed last month in that it will remove both Nason Medical Center & Medcare Urgent Care from its network in October to control rising costs. Nason Medical Center operates five clinics in the - Lowcountry. Medcare Urgent Care includes several offices throughout the - state. The decision will affect most BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina plans. Customers may select to seek treatment at Nason Medical Center & Medcare Urgent Care after Oct. 8 yet will be expected to pay out-of-network prices. …

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Jul 22

South Carolina Woman Tries To Reclaim Repossessed SUV From Tow Truck (Video)

A South Carolina woman allegedly bit a tow truck driver when she realized her Cadillac Escalade was being repossessed on Sunday. Spartanburg police are still searching for the - woman, Lakeisha Smith, who climbed inside the - SUV & attempted to drive it away after it was hooked up to tow truck. The truck driver, who works for Mission Towing & Recovery, filmed Smith on his cell phone. “I hope you received acceptable insurance,” the - driver says in the - video. “You tore my truck up.” “I told you it was going to be like this,” a guy asserted off-camera. “We knew she was going crazy cause she was already in the - vehicle, she was spinning tires, blowing smoke. It was insane,” witness Kristina Ray told WYFF-TV. “Next thing you know the - car jumps of the - lift cause she’s trying to get it off there. That was her goal,” Ray recounted. Suddenly glass can be heard shattering as Smith allegedly kicked out windows in the - SUV. …

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Jul 22

M. Basketball. Gamecock Men's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

Gamecock Men’s Basketball Releases 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule South Carolina led by third-year head coach Frank Martin. <!– #storyNav –><!– PHOTO REMOVED FOR WIDE –>COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina men’s basketball kicked off its “8K In 8 Days” crusade on Tuesday when third-year head coach Frank Martin let go the - non-conference schedule for the - 2014-15 season. The slate features 13 contests, in addition to eight home games, which includes one exhibition (to be formally announced at a after date). Highlighting the - non-conference schedule is the - Gamecocks’ participation in the - 2014 Charleston Classic in late November. In the - non-conference portion of its schedule, the - Gamecocks will face three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago in Oklahoma State, Baylor & Iowa State, with the - possibility of playing five postseason teams, in addition to Akron & Penn State, during the - slate. Both Baylor & Iowa State advanced to the - Sweet 16. “Once again we have put together a very challenging schedule,” Martin said. “A schedule to prepare us to find success & be prepared in the - SEC. We start with very tough home games, followed by a amazing tournament in Charleston, & a road game at Marshall, which is one of the - most complex facilities & places to play at. …

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Jul 22

South Carolina quarterback gets his shot as a starter

<p>Dylan Thompson has had a few bright moments during his career as a college quarterback at the - University of South Carolina. </p><p>He has a 3-0 record as a starter for South Carolina.</p><p>The biggest of his victories was leading South Carolina to a 27-17 success over in-state rival Clemson in 2012.</p><p>Other than those three starts, Thompson has appeared many times in South Carolina games, yet most of the - time it was in a backup role to starter Connor Shaw.</p><p>Those days are over now.</p><p>With Shaw’s days over at South Carolina, Thompson, a fifth-year quarterback, is entering his 1st full season as the - Gamecocks’ starting quarterback.</p><p>Thompson, who served as a camp counselor at the - Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University earlier this month, asserted he is ready for his chance to lead the - Gamecocks, which finished with an 11-2 overall & 6-2 mark in Southeastern Conference play last season. </p><p>”We’re ready for a amazing season,” Thompson said. “I think you are going to see a team that’s going to battle. We’re going to play complex every game.” </p><p>Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 219-pound passer, has made the - most out of his limited time as a college quarterback. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns, five interceptions & 1,827 yards. He has moreover rushed for five career scores.</p><p>Thompson was frequently called on to play whenever Shaw was out with an injury. That was the - case during South Carolina’s game against Michigan at the - Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013, in Tampa, Florida.</p><p>After Shaw left the - game with a foot sprain, Thompson took over on the - final drive & capped it with a game-winning 32-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington in the - final minute to assist South Carolina win, 33-28. </p><p>The Gamecocks lost several key players from last year’s team to either graduation or the - NFL draft, in addition to defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was selected with the - 1st overall pick by the - Houston Texans.</p><p>Thompson asserted South Carolina will have to replace some players, yet he believes the - team is ready to step in to the - challenge & fight for a SEC East division title, a SEC championship & a national championship. …

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Jul 22

South Carolina Ports Authority records 8 percent container growth for fiscal '14

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Ports Authority saw an 8 % growth in container volume during the - fiscal year in that ended June 30th. The authority asserted Monday in that the - equivalent of more than 1.6 million 20-foot containers moved through the - Port of Charleston. That’s about 2 % more than expected. The June figure was up 19 % from last year. The ports moreover handled more than 760,000 tons of cargo not shipped in containers. Authority President & CEO Jim Newsome asserted the - strong performance was the - result of more capital investment by the - port, in addition to the - opening of the - authority’s inland port in Greer.

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Jul 22

Steve Spurrier digs at Dabo Swinney

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier calls this “talking season,” & he had plenty to state Tuesday during his visit to ESPN.It didn’t take long for the - comments of Clemson coach Dabo Swinney to surface. On Monday, Swinney joked in that he & Spurrier were from different planets & in that Spurrier was from Pluto & Swinney from Mars. Spurrier, perhaps reading up on his science journals, cracked back, “Dabo probably thinks there’s only, what, nine planets out there. I think I read where Pluto may not be in consideration one now.” The Clemson-South Carolina rivalry has-been spiced up considerably in recent years of time with some of the - verbal volleys between Spurrier & Swinney. But Spurrier wants to make sure everybody knows in that he’s not the - only one doing the - volleying. “The only thing I remind Dabo of is his comments three years of time ago of the - real Carolina being in Chapel Hill & the - real USC being in California,” asserted Spurrier, whose Gamecocks have won five in a row over the - Tigers. “Sometimes he forgets he throws some stuff out there also. He wants to make people believe in that I’m the - only one in that throws a little stuff out there.” The Head Ball Coach didn’t stop there, either. He was just getting started. Asked about Swinney’s comments last season in that Clemson was the - 1st team from South Carolina to win a BCS bowl after the - Tigers’ win over Ohio State in the - Orange Bowl, Spurrier cited South Carolina’s success in the - rivalry & the - relative depth of the - SEC. …

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Jul 22

National report says child poverty worsened in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. — [AP] -- Reports South Carolina still ranks better than only five states in the - overall wellbeing of its children, according to the - release of a national report. The latest Kids Count survey, let go Tuesday by the - Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows in that South Carolina’s children rank 45th in the - nation overall in the - ability of children to succeed. That’s the - same as last year’s report. The annual yearly findings use a type of indicators to come up with a state’s ranking, like economics, education & health. The report moreover shows in that poverty among South Carolina’s children has gotten worse, rising from 23 % in 2005 to 27 % in 2012. That’s about 288,000 children, according to the - most recent data available. Thirty-six % of the - state’s children lived in homes where the - parents lacked secure employment, an increase from 30 % in 2008. Nationally, the - report shows in that 23 percent, or 16.4 million U.S. …

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Jul 22

Mosquitoes and disease in the Lowcountry: Types, risk and prevention

Chikungunya fever just turned up again in South Carolina, in an Upstate resident who recently returned from Haiti. The virus showed up last year in Charleston County, moreover in a returning traveler. The African disease now joins a handful of other mosquito-borne diseases in the - Lowcountry in that have two things in common: The odds are low in that you will get one of them or have any symptoms if you do. If you do get symptoms, there are no treatments. That’s why you should care enough to take precautions. “The chance is extremely low,” asserted Michael Schmidt, Medical University of South Carolina microbiology & immunology professor. But it’s not worth disregarding. Chikungunya, for example, “makes you feel like your bones are breaking,” he asserted “Any of these insects in that have blood meals, the - virus (if the - insect carries it) is very small, so you get a large dose in a small volume. The treatment is simply supportive care, which is why the - best treatment is prevention. The mosquito abatement programs are money well spent,” Schmidt said. …

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Jul 22

Study: South Carolina failing its children

South Carolina is ranked 45th in the - U.S. for the - overall well-being of children throughout the - state, according to the - annual yearly Kids Count Survey let go Tuesday by the - Annie E. Casey Foundation. The ranking is the - same as 2013, which means any progress made over the - past year was not enough to get the - state out of the - bottom 10 % of the - country. “Most alarming are the - education & poverty measures,” asserted Children’s Trust Chief Executive Officer Sue Williams. The survey shows children in South Carolina struggle in education & economic well-being. It found 57 % of kids are not attending preschool. It shows 72 % of fourth graders are not proficient in reading & 69 % of eighth graders are not proficient in math The survey moreover found 27 % of children in the - state live in poverty. For African American children, the - numbers are even worse. The survey found only 13 % are reading proficiently by fourth grade & 13 % have math proficiency by eighth grade. …

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Jul 22

South Carolina State Museum Opens One-of-a-Kind Facility with a Planetarium, Observatory and 4D Theater in Columbia, S.C

<!– google_ad_section_start –> COLUMBIA, S.C., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The South Carolina State Museum is about to be brighter than ever as it opens a one-of-a-kind facility on Saturday, Aug. 16 in the - state’s capital offering the - only observatory of its kind in the - nation, one of the - biggest planetariums in the - Southeast & the - only permanent 4D theater in the - state. For the - 1st time in the - nation, all three of these innovative elements, plus a multi-disciplinary museum focusing on art, history, natural history & science/technology, will be housed under one roof. View photo . The 75,000 square foot beautification & expansion project, known as Windows to New Worlds, will position the - State Museum on the - cutting edge of education, particularly in the - critical areas of science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) & will create a large boost in the - local & statewide economy. The project will have a $19 million economic impact on the - state. “What we have built represents a quantum leap forward for South Carolina in the - areas of cultural tourism, recreation and, especially, education,” asserted Willie Calloway, executive director, South Carolina State Museum. “Our new facility is building possibility for students to thrive, possibility for our economy to grow & possibility for our guests to be entertained in new ways.” The new State Museum includes: Observatory For the - 1st time in the - nation, remote access of a vintage telescope will be provided free-of-charge to every classroom across an whole entire state. The observatory houses a fully digitized 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8-inch refracting telescope & fully equipped classroom. Telescope Gallery This incredibly rare collection has-been praised by the - Antique Telescope Society as the - best public collection of early American Telescopes in world. …

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