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PSC OKs spending on Vogtle reactors

ATLANTA — Utility regulators have approved Southern Co.’s spending while building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.

The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to approve construction spending by Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power for the six-month period ending in December. At the time, Georgia Power said its share of the $6.1 billion project was tracking about $28 million under budget.

A monitor working for the commission, William Jacobs Jr., has warned that several factors could push the price tag higher for the nuclear power plant. The companies designing and building the two new reactors want Georgia Power to pay $425 million to compensate them for licensing delays.

Atlanta raids focus on synthetic pot

ATLANTA — Federal agents have raided four metro Atlanta smoking shops seeking evidence related to synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, no arrests were made during the Tuesday raids.

The raids occurred at Smoke 911 shops in Acworth, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Woodstock.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said five typed of synthetic marijuana are designated as controlled substances under federal law.

Bath salts are typically sold in powder and pill form and have effects similar to those caused by methamphetamines, Ecstasy and cocaine.

Federal authorities have not said what items were seized during the raids.

Woman is charged in shooting deaths

LORIS, S.C. — A North Carolina woman has been charged in the shooting death of her husband and his son in South Carolina.

Horry County police have charged 40-year-old Sandy Lee Locklear, of Tabor City, N.C., with two counts of murder, burglary and filing a false police report.

Locklear is accused of shooting and killing her 66-year-old husband, Amos Hatfield, and his son, 40-year-old Thomas Howard Hatfield, at their home in Loris early Sunday.

In other news

THE SOUTH CAROLINA State Ports Authority on Tuesday authorized President and CEO Jim Newsome to take any actions needed to build an inland port near Greer at a cost of up to $25 million.


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