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Aerial team searches for right whales

Scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Trust are back and flying over South Carolina's coast, searching for right whales. Last year the State Ports Authority began its $1 million, five-year partnership with the international conservation group. The agency renewed that commitment with its second installment of up to $200,000 this year, it was announced Monday. North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species with an estimated 400 remaining members, migrate down the Southeastern coast between November and April to give birth. For the next five months, two observers will trace 16 survey lines off the Charleston coast, looking for the whales.

Beam in place at new hospital site

One steel beam in the ground, several hundred to go. Roper St. Francis Healthcare marked a milestone in the construction of its new Mount Pleasant hospital Monday as workers installed the first vertical steel beam for the $143 million medical facility.

USC plans new Chinese education institute

COLUMBIA â€" The new Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina will allow more residents to learn Chinese language and culture and benefit from trading with the emerging international power, university officials said Monday in announcing its creation.

Forgoing holiday bonuses

NEW YORK â€" Better to be a broker than a baron on Wall Street if you're expecting a big bonus this year.

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