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  • NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 29 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.

  • GREENVILLE, S.C.-- John McCain's presidential bid won South Carolina by 9 percentage points four years ago. Yet, this year's GOP vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, is campaigning in these reliably Republican states _ to pick up cash more than extra votes.

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.-- Bringing South Carolina teachers' salaries back on track following several years of frozen salary schedules could cost $67 million, the state education agency reported Thursday. But state schools chief Mick Zais opposes such state intervention, saying any catch-ups should be locally funded.

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina State Ports Authority chief Jim Newsome said Thursday that while ports in the Southeast are racing to deepen their channels, Charleston has a competitive advantage in attracting shipping lines in the years before those projects can be completed.

  • But unlike other ships the Navy has decommissioned, these mattresses won't be heading to a local landfill following the Dec. 1 inactivation. The Navy will send the mattresses to a company in South Carolina as part of a pilot program to break the mattresses down and recycle their springs and foam for other uses.

  • NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 22 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.

  • NASSAU, Bahamas-- Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 21 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.

  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- Monro Muffler Brake Inc. said Thursday its net income fell 24 percent to $11.5 million in its fiscal second quarter, as revenue increases from new stores were offset by same-store declines in brake repairs and other services. Revenue rose 2 percent to $176.5 million thanks to the Aug. 12 acquisition of 17 new stores in Wisconsin and South Carolina.

  • NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.-- The director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency warned legislators Wednesday that the numbers of already-eligible residents signing up for the government program through 2014 could exceed estimates, further eating into state revenue.

  • ROCK HILL, S.C.-- 3 D Systems Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income doubled as printer sales soared. 3 D Systems earned $13.5 million, or 24 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 30. That compares with $7.2 million, or 14 cents per share, a year ago.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.-- Settlement talks involving attorneys in a federal lawsuit over the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel have been delayed. Environmentalists say the deepening work needs a South Carolina pollution permit because it will mean toxic cadmium will be dredged from the river and deposited on the South Carolina shore.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- Roberts Broadcasting has sold Jackson television WRBJ-TV to religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network. Media Venture Partners, which the bankrupt Roberts hired to sell its stations in Jackson, Columbia, S.C., and Evansville, Ind., says the station will begin showing Trinity's Christian programming.

  • ROCK HILL, S.C.-- A company that provides medical testing services is bringing more than 350 jobs to a new facility in South Carolina's York County. State and company officials said Tuesday that Physicians Choice Laboratory Services is planning to invest more than $24 million to set up a new facility.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.