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Prisons end HIV segregation policy

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s prisons are ending a policy of segregating HIV-positive inmates, officials said Wednesday.

Corrections Department director Bill Byars told The Associated Press that his department is making the change as part of an overhaul of the agency’s health services.

South Carolina currently has 366 HIV-positive inmates in two Columbia institutions, Byars said, and no date for officially integrating them into the general prison population has been set.

Students fall short on algebra testing

ATLANTA — Georgia students earned higher scores on many end-of-course exams this year than in 2012, but more than 60 percent failed to meet
state standards in algebra, according to results released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

About 63 percent of students who took the algebra test this spring failed to meet state standards. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported some metro Atlanta districts saw failure rates of nearly 78 percent.

Solar energy add will be proposed

ATLANTA — The state’s largest electric utility is almost certain to be required today to double the amount of solar power it has access to when the Public Service Commission votes on Georgia Power Co.’s 20-year plans.

Late Wednesday, the member of the five-man commission most resistant to requiring a specified amount of solar, Stan Wise, released the wording of technical details he’ll propose on how the solar will be added.

He is offering an amendment to a motion Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald will make requiring Georgia Power to add about 250 megawatts of solar generation.

In other news

AFTER SELLING more than half of its 13,000 acres last year, Callaway Gardens is now taking new actions to cut costs. The resort in Pine Mountain, Ga., is eliminating some jobs and will close the gardens for more than a week in early January, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports.


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