Reservists won't owe taxes on combat pay
COLUMBIA - South Carolina National Guard and Reserve members serving active duty in designated combat areas are exempt from state income taxes on some of their pay.
South Carolina has adopted Internal Revenue Service provisions that excludes certain combat pay from gross income. Combat pay exempt from federal income tax also will be exempt from state income tax.
The locations designated as combat areas include the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Officials will enforce vendor regulations
CHARLESTON - Outbreaks of mad cow disease and bird flu in other states have prompted South Carolina officials to crack down on livestock and poultry vendors at fairs and other sites.
The state plans to resume enforcement of laws that require private vendors to have permits. Enforcement had been curbed during state budget cuts, officials said.
"The current threat of livestock and poultry diseases ... require us to increase disease surveillance," said Tony Caver, the director of the Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health Division.
Sergeant was killed in Bamberg shooting
ORANGEBURG - Bamberg County authorities have released the name of the Savannah, Ga., area man found shot to death earlier this week.
The victim was Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah H. Barnes, 42, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.
A passing motorist reported an abandoned car in the middle of the road 11 p.m. Sunday. Deputies found Sgt. 1st Class Barnes, who was shot several times, beside the car.
Investigators are trying to determine why the soldier was in Bamberg County.
An autopsy has been done, but the type of gun used in the crime has not been determined, authorities said.
Contractor could face fines for excavation
FORT JACKSON - The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited contractor Kira Inc. and proposed $91,000 in penalties against the firm for alleged cave-in hazards at a Fort Jackson excavation site.
The Miami-based company has 15 working days to contest the OSHA citation before an independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.