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Maersk question unresolved

Nearly three weeks after Maersk Line announced its intentions to depart from the Port of Charleston and the scramble to save its business began, the situation remains static, worrying one state lawmaker. "The longer this thing drags out, the harder it will be to have Maersk reverse their decision," said Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Bonneau, who has led discussion among port leaders, union officials and company representatives.

Home advisers offer help

Resources for homeowners who struggle to pay their monthly mortgages are usually scattered across the Charleston region, from nonprofit offices to law firms. But for one day this weekend, help will convene under one roof. On Saturday, legal representatives, financial advisers and nonprofit officials will gather at First Federal Corporate Center in North Charleston to give free counsel to financially strained homeowners.

Analysts: Chrysler not likely to survive the year despite aid

DETROIT â€" Even by the standards of battered automakers, Chrysler is in dire shape. Its sales in December were down a stunning 53 percent, far worse than Ford or General Motors, and analysts say it probably won't survive the year as an independent company â€" despite $4 billion in government loans and the possibility of more. Things were so bad last year that a single Toyota model, the Camry Solara midsize car, outsold the entire fleet of Chrysler LLC's passenger cars.

Local hospice center sold to Tenn. firm

A private operator of senior health care centers has added five South Carolina hospices to its portfolio, including one in Charleston, bringing its statewide total of locations for the terminally ill to six. Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based National HealthCare Corp. said in a statement Wednesday that the deal closed Jan. 1. The seller was Advantage Hospice and Home Care of Lumberton, N.C. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Employers get good look at immigration law

WEST COLUMBIA â€" South Carolina employers who attended a Wednesday training session on the state's new law to stem illegal immigration said complying should be painless. About 50 people attended the seminar sponsored by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The meeting in West Columbia was among more than a dozen to be held across the state to educate employers.

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