Top News & Analysis South Carolina

  • 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.

  • "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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.-- A $5 billion Savannah River container ship terminal planned since before the Great Recession may not be needed as early as projected because of the world economic slowdown.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.-- The two-state board working to build a $5 billion steamship terminal on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River is meeting in Charleston. The Georgia- South Carolina board working to develop the Jasper Ocean Terminal meets Monday at the South Carolina State Ports Authority.

  • ABBEVILLE, S.C.-- A company that does screen printing and embroidery for promotional products is adding 50 new jobs at its facility in South Carolina's Abbeville County. Company president Kevin Nord says the company needs to expand to meet increasing customer demand.