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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Two SC Meth Manufacturers Federally Charged

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Two people reportedly responsible for the death of a 19-year-old girl killed in a Goose Creek apartment fire have been federally charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. According to The State, the victim’s mother, Alberta Pierson, and her boyfriend Michael Still were already charged by the state for conspiracy to manufacture meth.

The pair, along with Pierson’s common-law husband and a family friend, were making meth in their apartment when a batch exploded May 31, The State reported. Pierson’s daughter, the four-year-old girl she was babysitting, and a 69-year-old military veteran living in a connected apartment were killed in the blaze.

According The State, Pierson and Still were released on bail Tuesday, while their reported co-conspirators remain in custody.

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Tuesday
Sep252012

SC, NC Among Poorest States in US

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- North and South Carolina are among the top ten poorest states in America, according to new information released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday. The website 24/7 Wall Street analyzed 2010 Census information and determined that South Carolina is the seventh-poorest state in the union, with the fourth-highest unemployment rate and a median income of $42,059.

North Carolina was not far behind, as the 10th-poorest state. The median income in the Tarheel State was slightly higher at just over $43,000, and 24/7 Wall Street determined that it has the ninth-highest overall poverty rate and unemployment rate in the U.S.

Mississippi was determined to be the poorest state in the union, with a median income of $36,850.

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Tuesday
Sep252012

McEntire Produce Announces $5M Richland County Expansion 

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- McEntire Produce has announced that it will be investing $5 million into expanding its Richland County operations, a move that is expected to generate some 85 new jobs.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, with company officials saying that additions to the operations will include a state-of-the-art water filtration system. The expansion is expected to be completed by the first half of 2013.

"It's exciting for us to be able to increase our footprint in Richland County. The Midlands have been home to the company for more than seven decades and South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment. We appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials," Carter McEntire, the company's chief operating officer, said in a statement.

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Monday
Sep242012

Haley Attends "Women for Mitt" Rally in NC

(APEX, N.C.) -- Governor Nikki Haley traveled to North Carolina for the second time in a week Monday, this time to help campaign for Mitt Romney. She urged female voters attending the “Women for Mitt” rally to ignore the Democratic platform that Republicans are waging a war on women.

“We look at jobs. We look at the economy. We look at health care,” She said. “Do we look at contraception? Yes we look at contraception. But […] that is not what makes us decide who is going to be president.''

Around 150 people attended the event.

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Monday
Sep242012

SC SAT Scores Down, AP Scores Up

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- SAT scores for South Carolina high school students were down for the second year in a row, according to the state Department of Education. Still, Advanced Placement test scores are on the rise.

The average SAT score for S.C. students was 1,431; down 5 points from 2011. The national average also slipped, dropping two points to 1,498. A perfect score is 2,400.

On the other hand, Advanced Placement test scores improved statewide. The number of students that scored a three, four or five on AP tests went up 13%.

Participation was also up; the number of new students taking AP exams more than doubled the national average of 6.4%.

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