Originally created 06/29/02

Across South Carolina



Exterminator is fined over pesticide laws

CHARLESTON - A Goose Creek pest control company has been limited in the type of work it can do and fined $20,000 for continually violating pesticide regulations.

The company is not allowed to perform termite treatments before construction.

Since 1990, the state has inspected 247 structures treated by Larry's Pest Control. More than 120 did not comply with state pesticide rules and regulations, leading to more than 100 enforcement actions and more than $75,000 in fines.

Judge is greeted warmly despite NAACP flap

COLUMBIA - Despite criticism from a civil rights group, federal Judge Dennis Shedd got a warm reception from the Senate Judiciary Committee considering his appointment to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Shedd has been accused of a "deep and abiding hostility toward civil rights cases" by the state branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

If Judge Shedd wins Senate approval, he will fill one of the four open spots on the 4th Circuit, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

College administrator faces loan fraud charge

COLUMBIA - A college financial officer has been charged with embezzlement at the Tennessee university where he used to work.

Cedric W. Grant, Benedict College's associate vice president for business and finance, was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he skimmed student loan refunds from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. The 28-count indictment accuses him of taking $72,000.

Mr. Grant has worked at Benedict since August. If convicted, Mr. Grant faces up to 15 years and $250,000 in fines.

Researchers find retardation gene

CLEMSON - Clemson University researchers say they have found a gene on the X chromosome linked to mental retardation and say it may be possible to make medication that could improve thinking skills and memory in mentally retarded children.

The gene is much like a gene that regulates blood pressure, and doctors have developed medication that is able to block that gene's receptor. But researchers warn that a medical solution to retardation is still a long way off.