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Possibility of 3,000 jobs has poverty-stricken area recasting its image

SANTEE â€" Melvin Bannister stood outside his house and was asked to imagine how his rural community might change when Jafza International begins building here next year.



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Laid-off state worker cutting back

Doug Wood found himself in a peculiar position last month. A news reporter asked him to describe the implications of the latest round of state budget cuts to hit the South Carolina Technical College System in Columbia. Five minutes earlier, Wood learned the cuts took his job.

Why is S.C. rate so high?

COLUMBIA â€" South Carolina's workers have fared well historically when compared with the nation's jobless rate, bolstered by the strength of its economic diversity. But this time something is different, and state experts aren't sure why. The state's 8.4 percent unemployment rate ranks third highest in the United States and is projected to reach a staggering 14 percent, a placement that left College of Charleston economist Frank Hefner and a team of his peers stumped.

Possibility of 3,000 jobs has poverty-stricken area recasting its image

SANTEE â€" Melvin Bannister stood outside his house and was asked to imagine how his rural community might change when Jafza International begins building here next year.

Rare right whales calving off coast of South Carolina

The calves stick close to mom, nuzzling and playing, as the mammoths sweep through the seas. The ponderous, perilously endangered right whales are breeding offshore in what looks to be another good year.










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