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  • Preliminary SC Medicaid budget seeks extra $194M Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- The director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency said Monday that he realizes his preliminary budget calling for nearly $200 million more from state taxes in 2013-14 is likely an impossible request. Clearly, that's not going to fly, " Department of Health and Human Services director Tony Keck told The Associated Press.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Labor unions Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 12:40 AM ET

    A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that encourage the use of union labor in federal construction projects, ease union financial reporting requirements and more.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • La. jobless rate drops to 7 percent in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:13 PM ET

    September was the second month in a row the unemployment rate dropped in Louisiana, after no improvement since January, when joblessness hit a post-recession low of 6.9 percent. Louisiana had a 7.2 percent unemployment rate in September 2011. In September 2011, the state had 148,000 unemployed people.

  • SC unemployment falls to 9.1 percent in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:32 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- South Carolina's unemployment rate has gone down by one half of a percentage point. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate was 9.1 percent in September. Agency officials say that the number of unemployed people in South Carolina dropped by nearly 11,000 over the past month.

  • AAA says Arizona gas prices up slightly Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    PHOENIX-- As the national average for a gallon of gas has decreased, Arizona prices remain about the same, up. 2 cents to $3.71 per gallon since last week. Tucson and Flagstaff have the lowest and highest state fuel averages, at $3.47 and $3.90 per gallon, respectively.

  • Fatal air crash decline presents safety challenge Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:54 AM ET

    "The extraordinary safety record that has been achieved in the United States ironically could be the single biggest reason the isn't able to act proactively and ensure safety into the future," said Bill Voss, president of the industry-funded Flight Safety Foundation in Alexandria, Va., which promotes global airline safety.

  • Lawsuit: Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • Alabama voters to decide union organizing issue Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. Kurt Wallace of Maplesville, said he wants to stop union organizers from harassing employees who won't sign a card. Al Henley, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO, says there is harassment, but it's from the other side.

  • $1 million bond set in SC silver buying scheme Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    GREENVILLE, S.C.-- A $1 million bond is set for a man charged as part of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme in Upstate South Carolina. Court records show a federal judge in Greenville set the bond Wednesday for 60- year-old Wallace Lindsey Howell.

  • Haley: SC tourism is reaching new levels Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:53 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina Gov. Hotel room occupancy in South Carolina through August was up more than 3 percent compared to last year while revenue per available room, a key indicator of the health of the industry, is up approaching 8 percent. "What it should tell people across South Carolina is that you don't need to go anywhere.

  • Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

  • Fiber optics maker expanding in South Carolina Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    DUNCAN, S.C.-- A company that makes fiber optic products is expanding its operations in South Carolina's Spartanburg County. AFL announced Wednesday that it would invest $8.6 million to expand its presence in Duncan, creating 95 new jobs.

  • Wine gets in the spirit with new liquor blends Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    "Companies are going out of the box," observes Ted Carmon, spirits buyer for the BevMo! Bill Newlands, president of Beam Inc., which bought Pinnacle Vodka earlier this year, sees the intensely flavored Whipped as playing into a trend of consumers "whether it's an alcohol beverage or anything else, looking for more flavor reward."

  • Conde Nast: Charleston world's top tourist town Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- Last year, readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted Charleston the top tourist town in the United States. The magazine announced its readers have now voted Charleston the top tourist destination in the world. Again this year, Charleston was also voted the top tourism destination in the United States.

  • SC governor, PRT chief to discuss tourism Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and the head of the state's Department of Parks, Recreation and tourism are talking tourism in Charleston. Haley is joining Duane Parrish on Wednesday at the Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of South Carolina, to discuss the industry which is one of the largest in the state.

  • Top Destination States for Jobs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Read ahead to see what they are, and find out what employment data, industries and companies are located there to make them top destination states.

  • Dirty shoes? How did steroids get contaminated? Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of a rare fungal form of meningitis. Company spokesman Andrew Paven said by email that criminal investigators from the Food and Drug Administration were at the pharmacy in Framingham, Mass., on Tuesday.

  • SC Ag Dept focusing on food safety Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.-- South Carolina officials have hired someone to keep an eye on food safety across the state. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture announced last week that Weatherly Thomas had been hired to serve as its statewide food safety coordinator.

  • Squirrel population boom frustrates fruit growers Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Don't let the bright eyes and bushy tails fool you. In southern Vermont, Clarence Boston said he hasn't seen such an infestation of pests in the 33 years he has been an orchardist on 60 farms in five states. This year's squirrel boom in parts of Vermont followed two seasons of bountiful acorn and beechnut crops and last year's mild winter.