Originally created 09/22/05

Across South Carolina



Consortium targets nuclear plant sites

WASHINGTON - NuStart Energy, a consortium of 11 energy companies, plans to announce today the two sites it thinks are the best to pursue advanced nuclear plant licenses.

The group had been considering sites in six states, including Savannah River Site.

Today's announcement does not mean that a plant will be built on the sites selected. However, it is another big step in a process that could lead to a new generation nuclear facility in a few years.

NuStart representatives have met with officials in all six states: South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Maryland, New York and Louisiana.

Rip current drowns man at Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH - A Pennsylvania man drowned after he was caught in a rip current, authorities said.

David Shell, 53, was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where he died at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. His wife, whose name was not released, escaped the current unharmed.

Sand that shifted after Hurricane Ophelia has helped increase rip currents in the past week, authorities said.

Rip currents have claimed at least six other lives in Horry County since April.

State collects money in health settlement

COLUMBIA - South Carolina has recovered more than $1.9 million as part of a 40-state, $37.5 million settlement with Gambro Healthcare Inc., state Attorney General Henry McMaster said Wednesday.

The agreement with Gambro resolves allegations that the company used subsidiary Gambro Supply Corp. to improperly bill Medicaid for supplies and equipment for patients undergoing dialysis at home, according to a release from Mr. McMaster's office.

Hard Rock park gets approval from panel

MYRTLE BEACH - Plans for a Hard Rock theme park have won final approval from Horry County Council.

This week's vote allows HRP Management Corp. of Orlando, Fla., to search for funding for the proposed $300 million park.

Construction could begin next year on about 140 acres at Fantasy Harbor, at U.S. 501 and the Intracoastal Waterway.

HRP plans to pitch the project on the private bond market before Thanksgiving.