November 26, 2015

Duke Energy gets 40-year license for Catawba River

The federal government approved Duke Energy’s license to manage 225 miles of the Catawba River in North Carolina and South Carolina for 40 more years.

According to the Charlotte Observer (htt?p:// ) the license renewal was approved Wednesday and made retroactive to Nov. 1.

The utility had wanted a renewal for 50 years. Duke Energy’s license had expired in 2008, but legal challengers forced a long delay in the process to get a new one.

To get the new license, Duke Energy agreed to conserve $16 million in land, spend $4 million developing public recreation sites and build passages so fish can get around the dam that creates Lake Wateree in South Carolina.

The utility operates 13 hydroelectric stations and 11 reservoirs on the Catawba River.

Emanuel AME church leaders announce plan for donations after shooting

The Charleston church where nine parishioners were shot and killed in what officials called racially motivated, is sharing about half of the money donated to it with survivors of the attack and the families of those killed.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church announced Wednesday in a press release that it will donate about $1.5 million of the $3.4 million given to it in the wake of the June 17 shooting to the victims’ organization, called Charleston’s Hope Fund. That group has raised nearly $3 million on its own.

Emanuel AME says it will use its share of the donated money for building improvements, a permanent memorial to the nine killed and five survivors and scholarships and community outreach projects.

On the evening of June 17th 21 year-old Dylann Roof went into the church and joined a bible study group with the black parishioners. About an hour later he opened fire on the group killing nine.

He was caught the next day in North Carolina, about 240 miles from Charleston.


SC Fire Marshal: Use extreme caution with turkey fryers

With the start of the holiday and winter seasons upon us, South Carolina State Fire Marshal Bert Polk is urging citizens to be fire safe.

Polk told South Carolina Radio Network that people using turkey fryers on Thanksgiving can cause house fires and injuries. “A boil-over brings the oil out onto an open flame, it can cause personal injury and it certainly can cause a fire,” Polk said.

Turkeys must be completely thawed before placing in a deep fryer. A partially thawed turkey will cause oil to splatter, causing serious burns. Use caution while touching the fryer as the lid and handle can become hot and cause burns. Never leave the fryer unattended when in use.

Polk said use a turkey fryer outdoors away from anything that can catch fire. “We don’t want to do that in the garage, we don’t want to do that too close to the house, “said Polk.

He said keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case and keep children and pets far away.

Each year, statistics show that incidents of home fires and electrical accidents typically increase during the winter months. “In our state, during last year’s winter months, there were 27 fires and 36 fire deaths,” Polk said. “A third of the fatalities were related to heating.”



Feds seek potential leases for future wind farms off SC coast

Chart showing locations of the leasable call areas (Image: BOEM)

Chart showing locations of the leasable call areas (Image: BOEM)

Federal officials have taken the next step towards eventually allowing wind energy turbines to eventually be built off the South Carolina coast.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Wednesday formally issued a Call for Information and Nominations that seeks the offshore wind industry’s interest in buying commercial leases in four regions off the state’s coast.

“Today’s milestone marks another important step in the President’s strategy to tap clean, renewable energy from the Nation’s vast wind and solar resources,” Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement. “We know South Carolina has important wind energy potential, and we will work with stakeholders through a collaborative effort to identify high potential/low conflict areas for development, supporting investment and jobs in South Carolina.”

The four locations are each located along the Outer Continental Shelf off the coastline between Charleston and the North Carolina. The four areas combine to cover more than 1,100 square miles. The two closest call areas are about 5 miles offshore, per BOEM charts.

Federal regulators have tried to encourage wind energy farms under President Obama’s administration. So far, BOEM has awarded nine commercial leases in the Atlantic with sites in Virginia being the furthest south to this point. Construction on the country’s first offshore wind farm began off Rhode Island in July.

BOEM’s call request was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. The agency will accept public comments for 60 days.

#PalmettoPrimary: Trump says America’s biggest problem ‘nuclear warming’

Trump speaks at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Wednesday (Image: Twitter/Gavin Smith)

Trump speaks at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Wednesday (Image: Twitter/Gavin Smith)

A daily look at how the presidential candidates of both parties are trying to win the “First in the South” primary.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump entertained an estimated 8,000 people at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, spending more than an hour bashing his rivals and the country’s leadership.

Trump hit on most of his usual points in criticizing what he considers too much American involvement in the Mideast and arguing the US is losing its economic competitiveness to nations like China and Mexico.

He did spend more time on radical Islam and terror than he has in previous trips to South Carolina, which he admitted was in response to the Paris terror attacks two weeks ago. He criticized President Obama for not taking radical Islam more seriously. The real estate mogul mocked the president’s comments this summer that called climate change the “greatest threat to our future.”

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