Originally created 04/01/04

Across the region



MOX-testing plant seeks security waiver

GREENVILLE, S.C. - A nuclear power plant that plans to test fuel containing a small amount of weapons-grade plutonium has asked to have some security restrictions waived.

Duke Power has asked for the waiver for its Catawba Nuclear Station near York because the site is considered a high-risk target with heightened security, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Duke is seeking a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to test mixed-oxide fuel, also known as MOX, in a reactor at Catawba.

The fuel would ultimately be produced at the Savannah River Site.

Bill would give criminals driver's license codes

COLUMBIA - South Carolinians convicted of violent crimes would have a special code put on their driver's licenses identifying them as felons under a bill given key second reading in the House on Wednesday.

Supporters of the bill say it will help law enforcement officers know when they're dealing with a violent criminal, while opponents say it adds another penalty for long-past crimes.

Rep. Phil Sinclair, R-Spartanburg, said 10 police officers have died in recent years after taking driver's licenses at traffic stops and returning to the cars without knowing they had stopped a felon.

Authorities seek man in minister's slaying

MACON, Ga. - Police are looking for a man who shot a minister to death and pointed a gun at his wife at their home.

Dollie Glover said she believes her 36-year-old husband, Michael, who often opened his door to drug addicts and others in need, might have been killed by someone he tried to help.

Police said the Rev. Michael Glover was shot in the head Monday night outside his home.

Mrs. Glover told police that the man entered the house after the slaying and threatened to kill her if she talked to police.

Two UGA students are Truman Scholars

ATHENS, GA. - Two University of Georgia students have won Harry S. Truman Scholarships, a prestigious award for public service.

Juniors Matthew Crim, of Cartersville, and Sarah Sattelmeyer, of Tucker, were among 77 students nationwide named Truman Scholars, the university said Wednesday.

The scholarship, set up by Congress in 1975 as a memorial to the 33rd president, is for students committed to work in government or the nonprofit sector. UGA is one of only eight institutions to have multiple recipients this year.

Man gets 35 years in prison for assault

ATLANTA -A College Park man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for beating and robbing an airport security screener and stuffing her in the trunk of her car at a MARTA train station as she headed for work.

Adiel Garcia pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault with intent to rob, aggravated battery, kidnapping, robbery and financial identify fraud in the July 14, 2002, attack on Phaeng Louangsiyotha, 26.

City Hall stands on site of first market

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston City Hall stands on the site of the city's first marketplace, and an archaeological dig has found animal bones, bricks and shards of pottery.

Archaeologist Martha Zierden and students have dug several 5-foot-square pits beneath City Hall, one of the first phases of a $5 million renovation of the structure.

The dig revealed undisturbed layers of soil from the late 1600s.