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Unemployment money shrinks as claims rise

COLUMBIA --- Battered by high unemployment, South Carolina is running out of money to pay benefits to out-of-work residents, and Gov. Mark Sanford's office said Tuesday that it was not committed to seeking federal help.

South Carolina has tapped a $15 million line of credit from the federal government, but the governor has yet to ask for the $147 million needed to get the state through the end of March.

Officials project the unemployment fund will run out by the end of the year, and the head of the state Unemployment Security Commission said the weekly payments of up to $326 for about 77,000 people could cease. Currently, South Carolina is paying out more than $14 million a week in benefits.

Air permit granted for coal-fired power plant

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina's health and environmental authority has approved air permits with strict monitoring of mercury for a coal-fired power plant proposed by state-owned utility Santee Cooper, state officials said Tuesday.

The permit allows Santee Cooper to build a plant on the Great Pee Dee River with two coal-fired boilers that would produce steam to run two 600-megawatt generators. The utility has said it needs the $1.25 billion facility to meet growing demand for electricity that current plants won't be able to provide as early as 2013.

Under the permit, Santee Cooper would be required to install air pollution control devices to reduce emissions of several pollutants.

It also will be required to monitor mercury output at the plant and to conduct a six-month study to determine whether emissions can be further reduced.

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christian134 12/17/08 - 09:12 am
If I might make a small

If I might make a small suggestion Gov. Sanford...If you are committed to seeing that people who have a small pittance handed to them weekly cut then I would like to see you get out of your warm mansion with plenty of food safe in the knowledge that you are going to have lights and water come down where some of these folks live...You have no idea what the other half live like Gov. Sanford...If you did you would not hesitate to seeing that these people's benefits continue...Try pulling for companies to come in and open doors for employment instead of furthering the plight of thousands of folks...

wizzardx1 12/17/08 - 10:15 am
S.C would have enough money

S.C would have enough money to pay benefits if they would send the illegal workers to prison and allow legal workers to return to work. Also stop paying the illegals unemployment benefits.

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