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McMaster Orders End to Medicaid Funding for Abortions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the state's Medicaid agency to continue covering "necessary medical care and important women's health and family planning services."

Media outlets report McMaster also late last week ordered the state Department of Health and Human Services "to terminate abortion clinics as Medicaid providers."

The move comes after the Republican vetoed $16 million in family planning funds from the state budget.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income South Carolinians qualify for family planning benefits like pelvic exams through the state Medicaid agency. Federal laws mandate Medicaid patients may seek family planning services at health care clinics of their own choosing.


S.C. Joins 3 Other States in Crackdown on Speeding

(AP) - South Carolina has joined Georgia and three other states in a week-long speed enforcement operation beginning today. "Operation Southern Shield," scheduled to run through Sunday, aims to curb speeding in these states.

Law enforcement in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee will be pulling over drivers traveling above legal speed limits on interstates, major highways and local roads.

Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, says the main focus will be to encourage motorists to slow down. He says they hope the effort will reduce crashes and provide a safer experience for motorists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding killed more than 10,000 people in the United States in 2016 and was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in the nation.


Annual Golden Years Jamboree Set for Wednesday

The annual Golden Years Jamboree, an even started in 1978 by the late Jo Brown to celebrate sernor citizens and those who serve them, is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. the Anderson Civic Center.

The event was relaunched in 2016 by Brown's daughter, Kelly Jo Barnwell, as a fundraiser for The Cancer Association of Anderson on behalf of The Anderson County Senior Citizens Program and the Senior Citizens Industry. 

The Senior Citizen of the Year will be honored as part of the jamboree, which will also feature sunflower-themed desserts from local bakers.

Anderson County Clerk of Court, Richard Shirley will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and the "Band Silver" from Iva will provide music.


Emanuel AME Church Unveils Design for Victims' Memorial

The historic South Carolina church where nine African-American worshippers were slain is unveiling the design for a memorial to the victims.

Emanuel AME Church in Charleston will release the plans Sunday afternoon as part of its 200th anniversary celebration.

The memorial was designed by Michael Arad, the architect behind the 9/11 Memorial in New York.

Church officials say the design conveys both solace and resiliency. Few other details were released ahead of the announcement.

The coming months will also mark a push to raise the millions of dollars needed to build and maintain the monument.

The nine worshippers were shot during a June 2015 Bible study by a man who said he intended to kill people at the church to stoke racial tensions. He's been sentenced to death.


County to Open Legal Services Office for Low-Income Citizens

Anderson County citizens now have access to free legal services. The new Anderson Legal Services Office, which will be officially announced Monday, will offer free legal help with problems such as wills, evictions, and domestic issues to residents in Anderson County. Assistance is based on income and/or assets and the type of legal issue.

“Having the help of legal information and aid back in Anderson will help the people of our community get the help they need in coping with the ever-changing legal problems that occur to them," said Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd. "With the help of people in Anderson who worked as a team with me to get this done, we are so happy to say, ‘Welcome back legal aid’.”

The Anderson office is located at the South Main Chapel & Mercy Center, 2408 South Main Street, Anderson. The office is open on the first and third Monday each month. 

"At South Main Chapel & Mercy Center we are grateful for the opportunity to join in partnership with South Carolina Legal Services, who will provide legal services to the underserved in Anderson County at our location," said the Rev. Kurt Stutler, pastor of South Main Chapel & Mercy Center. "We much appreciate District Two County Council Representative Gracie Floyd for her role in facilitating this partnership."

Legal Services offers free legal assistance in legal matters, except for criminal cases. Assistance through legal aid depends on income and assets and the type of legal problem you have. 

To receive assistance, call 1-888-346-5592 to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal issues.


Accident Causes Delays on I-85 in Anderson

Troopers said I-85 North was closed near mile marker 22 in Anderson County Saturday morning due to a jackknifed semi.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

FOX Carolina reported one lane was moving as of 11:40 a.m.

Drivers can take Clemson Boulevard (Exit 19) east to Highway 81 and turn left to return to I-85.


S.C. Cotton Farmers Expect Record Crop in 2018

CLEMSON – Coming off a record year for cotton, South Carolina cotton farmers can expect an even greater year in 2018.

Nathan Smith, Clemson Extension economist and professor at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, said estimates for South Carolina cotton planted stand at 260,000 acres.

“This is 10,000 more acres than in 2017,” Smith said. “An increase of 900,000 acres is reported for the entire United States. A total of 12.6 million acres for the United States was reported in 2017 and 13.5 million acres have been reported for 2018.Pee

Smith said he believes the actual number of cotton acres planted in South Carolina will be more than 260,000 acres.

“I believe acreage is closer to the March intentions of 285,000 acres,” Smith said. “We had a lot of rain during planting and it’s possible that grower surveys reflected fewer acres planted than expected by the first week of June for South Carolina.”

The South Carolina cotton acreage keeps increasing. Mike Jones, Clemson cotton specialist housed at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center, said a total of 250,000 acres of cotton were planted in South Carolina in 2017, up from 190,000 acres of cotton planted in South Carolina in 2016. Better prices for cotton is the main reason cotton acreage in South Carolina is increasing.


County Planning to Expand Starr-Iva Landfill

Anderson County is considering plans to expand the Starr-Iva Landfill which is nearing capacity. The expansion will be paid by new debt service payment of $289,000. The current debt service payment of $358.000 wil be complete this year, so the new funds for expansion could represent some savings. A mulcher/grinder machine for the site is also being considered. The machine would cost approximately $550,000, with an estimated $75,000 per year additional cost to run the new equipment.

Anderson County Solid Waste Director Greg Smith explains:


CDC Warns: Do Not Eat Honey Smacks Cereal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg's cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.

The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal." The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.

It says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.

The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized. It says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.


Study: Obesity Alone Does not Contribute to Early Death

July 12 (UPI) -- People who are obese but otherwise healthy do not have an increased rate of mortality, according to a study in Toronto -- conflicting with results of a major study in Europe.

Researchers at York University's Faculty of Health followed 54,089 men and women from five cohort studies through 2017. Participants who were otherwise healthy were compared with those with elevated glucose, blood pressure or lipids alone or another metabolic factor, including smoking status, ethnicity, age and lifestyle. Their findings were published Thursday in the journal Clinical Obesity. 

"This is in contrast with most of the literature and we think this is because most studies have defined metabolic healthy obesity as having up to one metabolic risk factor," said study leader Dr. Jennifer Kuk, associate professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. "This is clearly problematic, as hypertension alone increases your mortality risk and past literature would have called these patients with obesity and hypertension, 'healthy.' This is likely why most studies have reported that 'healthy' obesity is still related with higher mortality risk."

In March, a study was published of 296,535 adults of white European descent between 2006 and 2010. It showed the risk of heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure increase as body mass index increases beyond 22-23 kg/m.

The study in Canada showed that dyslipidemia, hypertension or diabetes are related with a high mortality risk, but obesity alone doesn't fit into this situation.

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Samsung Brings 200 Jobs to Greenville

GREENVILLE, SC (AP) -Samsung Electronics America is expanding its presence in South Carolina, with 200 new jobs. The company announced Thursday the opening of a new customer care center in Greenville. Officials say the facility includes training centers, a showcase of the latest Samsung products and a lab for testing real-life consumer experiences. Officials say it will help Samsung identify ways consumers can keep their devices connected to one another and make sure they get the most out of them.

Samsung says the facility will bring 200 new jobs this year and a total of 400 jobs to the region by 2020.


Clemson Offers Chance to Make Signature Ice Cream Flavor

CLEMSON – Clemson ice cream has been around for 100 years and on July 28 the public will have an opportunity to become a part of this deliciously sweet tradition.

The first-ever Clemson Ice Cream Makers Day is slated for July 28 in the only place where Clemson ice cream is made — the Ice Cream Innovation Laboratory in Newman Hall and the Class of ’55 Exchange on campus. Groups of family, friends, or both are invited to come and make their very own signature flavor of Clemson ice cream during one of three timeslots – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost is $40 per group, limit 10 people per group. Registration must be done in person at the Class of ’55 Exchange ice cream shop during normal store hours. No phone-in or online registration allowed. Store hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Class of ’55 Exchange is located in the Clemson University Hendrix Student Center, 720 McMillan Road, Clemson, S.C. 29631.

Participants in the July 28 event will be led by Clemson food science students Marianna Painter, a master’s student from Myrtle Beach, Kelly Polte, a junior from Elmhurst, Illinois, and Jonathan Dillard, a senior from Conway.

“We are very excited to be holding this event,” Polte said. “It will be so cool to show people how we make Clemson ice cream. We want to give people a chance to have a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to make original Clemson ice cream.”

This event will be the first time customers will be allowed to make their own signature Clemson ice cream, Painter said.

“Everyone who participates will learn the entire process of how Clemson ice cream is made right here on campus,” Painter said. “We will begin at the Class of ’55 Exchange for a brief lesson on Clemson’s historic ice cream and then move to the Ice Cream Innovation Lab where participants will learn some of the science behind creating the perfect ice cream. Then, we will show them where and how we make the ice cream sold in the Class of ‘55 Exchange and give them a chance to design, formulate and make their very own signature Clemson ice cream.”

Each group will create its own ice cream from start to finish with help from food science students who work for the Class of ‘55 Exchange. The groups will receive a list of all of bases, flavorings, mix-ins and variegates. Ice cream variegates are used to add extra texture or dimension to any ice cream. From the list they are given, each group will create a recipe for their new flavor of ice cream.

“Group members will be involved in every step of the process,” Dillard said. “They will measure the ingredients and add them, along with our ice cream mix made from a 100-year-old recipe, into the ice cream freezing machine. Once it is finished, they will be able to package the ice cream into pint containers and take home their new creation.”

Food science students will be available to give suggestions and demonstrations but the majority of the work will be done by participants.


Tuition Rising at University of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina is raising undergraduate tuition costs for the coming year nearly 3 percent.

The school's board of trustees approved the increase Wednesday. The school said in a news release that in addition to the 2.9 percent tuition increase, there will also be a 3.5 percent increase in food service and about a 4 percent increase in housing costs, depending on the dorm.

The combined impact will be about $784 per year for in-state, undergraduate residents.

Tuition is also going up at USC branch campuses and for graduate students.

The tuition increase will bring in $11 million in additional revenue. The money will be spent upgrading information technology infrastructure, improving the in-demand programs such as health sciences and data design, and increasing money for USC's police department.