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Georgia asks court to toss health care law

ATLANTA — Georgia is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire health care overhaul.

Attorney General Sam Olens said Wednesday the state filed an appeal of a portion of the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down the provision that requires people to buy health insurance.

He said the court “now has the opportunity to restore Constitutional balance to a federal government of limited powers.”

In a ruling in August, a divided three-judge panel of the appeals court concluded that Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the individual mandate provision, but left intact the rest of the law.

The Obama administration decided this week not to ask the full court to review the ruling, a move that could have delayed the high court review.

Technical colleges see decline in enrollment

ATLANTA — The state’s technical colleges are seeing a dip in enrollment after years of record-busting admissions.

Enrollment at the 25 campuses is down by more than 12,000 after the state cut HOPE scholarship awards for students who once had their entire tuitions covered. Technical colleges charge $75 per credit, with HOPE covering $60.75 of that, a small difference that can mean big debt for the working adults with families who fill technical college classes.

Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, says the 12 percent drop is also likely because the economy is improving. Technical colleges see enrollment bumps during a weak economy because the unemployed return to school for new skills and careers.

Enrollment has grown by about one-third since 2008.

Charleston to honor King with memorial

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The city where the Civil War began and where tens of thousands were brought from Africa and sold into slavery is getting a memorial to slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King.

A neighborhood in the city is designated the Martin Luther King Memorial District but beyond that, and an annual parade and breakfast in his honor, there has been no public memorial in the city to King.

The Charleston City Council on Tuesday approved a memorandum of intent with the National Park Service to erect a memorial in Liberty Square.

The square is a park owned by the Park Service near the entrance to the Fort Sumter National Monument Visitors Center, where tourists board boats to visit the fort in Charleston Harbor. Confederate batteries laid siege to the fort in 1861, starting the Civil War.

Faulty part causes reactor to shut down

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Progress Energy officials say a faulty electrical relay caused a reactor to shut down at the Robinson Nuclear Plant near Hartsville.

The reactor automatically switched off when a gauge detected a low coolant level Monday.

Progress Energy spokeswoman Jessica Lambert says plant workers determined the relay gave a faulty reading and the coolant level was fine. The reactor remains shut down.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah says federal inspectors are following up on the report, but it appears everything happened like it should.

The NRC has been keeping a closer eye on the plant after four reactor shutdowns in less than a year. Hannah says it’s too early to determine if the latest shutdown will cause that close scrutiny to continue.

In other news

A trial date has been set for a Durham man accused of killing University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson, a native of Athens, Ga. Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. is scheduled to go on trial in Orange County Nov. 28.

– From wire reports


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Vogtle workforce hits 4,200

About 4,200 workers are employed at the Plant Vogtle expansion project where the first two reactors built in the U.S. in more than three decades are rising from the red clay.
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