Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Agenda: Miss S.C.'s mea culpa; CARTA to buy Amtrak station; BenefitFocus on NASDAQ

Wilson, Hutto testify in front of Congress

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

click to enlarge North Charleston Amtrak station - THE DIGITEL
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State Attorney General Alan Wilson and state Sen. Brad Hutto testified before a congressional committee on Wednesday about the implementation of portions of the Affordable Care Act. [AP]

The state Public Service Commission approved the sixth SCE&G rate increase in four years as the utility, along with Santee Cooper, continues work on the $10 billion V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, one of just two active nuclear reactor projects in the nation. [AP]

On the front pages of both The State and the Post and Courier today, new U.S. Census Bureau data shows that most South Carolina homes now earn less than they did in 2000, with median household income down 10.9% statewide, more than the 6.6% trend nationwide. [P&C, State]

Experian, the monitoring company contracted with looking after the credit files of millions of state taxpayers, says it will refund those who have paid for an additional year of coverage after the state said Monday that another year of protection would be provided for free. [The State]

CARTA has unanimously approved the purchase of the North Charleston Amtrak station with plans to build a new bus and train hub, but not before repaying nearly $3.7 million to the federal government which was spent to prepare a site on West Montague Ave. for the project. [P&C]

Daniel Island software company Benefitfocus now appears on the NASDAQ ticker under the symbol "BNFT" after the company opened its initial public offering Wednesday, where it anticipates raising up to $130 million. [CRBJ]

Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller apologized for her "thats how we roll" intro, saying she wished she went with her original instincts against the statement, drafted by the state Miss South Carolina organization, which she initially thought was insensitive. [P&C]

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