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Dec 22, 2008

19 cited as police bust Anderson County cockfight

HONEA PATH (AP) — Authorities say 19 people were cited for cockfighting after a bust by Anderson County deputies. Officers raided the property in Honea Path after receiving an anonymous tip Dec. 14. Deputies say the people watching the cockfight were issued tickets for the misdemeanor, which carries a maximum of one year in prison […]

Dec 22, 2008

DHEC wants to review pollution records

COLUMBIA (AP) — State environmental officials want a new law to clearly define that they can consider a company’s pollution history when considering new permits. The Department of Health and Environmental Control has questioned if it can review a company’s pollution history when considering a permit. The State newspaper reported a history of pollution violations […]

Dec 22, 2008

Solicitor offers deal to couple who left baby at fire station

SPARTANBURG (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor said he’s offering a young couple charged with leaving their 6-hour-old infant outside a fire station a deal that would include visiting prisons, a children’s cemetery and a mortuary to see baby caskets. Solicitor Trey Gowdy said it’s a unique case, since the couple almost complied with the […]

Dec 22, 2008

Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach up for auction

MYRTLE BEACH (AP) — The auction of the $400 million Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach is under way, but even if a buyer is identified soon, it is doubtful the park will be able to reopen next year, the state’s tourism chief said. The 55-acre park, which opened in April, is being sold as […]

Dec 22, 2008

Probate judges seek clarity on immigrant marriages

COLUMBIA (AP) — Whether illegal immigrants get marriage licenses in South Carolina depends on which county they go to. That should end, some probate judges say. The State newspaper of Columbia reported that at least one judge wants the attorney general to revisit a 2004 opinion that is being used to issue marriage licenses to […]

Dec 15, 2008

Inquest ends without finding cause of fatal plane crash

NORTH CHARLESTON (AP) — A coroner’s inquest has ended with a jury unable to determine the cause of the crash of a vintage World War II biplane in Charleston Harbor that killed two people last year. A witness testified at the coroner’s inquest that the passenger killed in the crash left out his will at […]

Dec 15, 2008

Coming soon to law firms near you: more mergers

ST. LOUIS (DMN) — Six of Missouri’s largest firms expanded with mergers this year, and it’s a trend that’s likely to continue despite and perhaps be boosted by the tough economic times. Clients are putting pressure on law firms to grow by reducing the number of firms they use, and it’s cheaper to expand by […]

Dec 15, 2008

Malpractice screening under scrutiny in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s been three years since New Hampshire started screening medical malpractice cases before trial, but it’s hard to say whether the new system is a success. Doctors and their lawyers say having a special panel screen cases saves money and time by encouraging settlements and keeping meritless claims from juries. But […]

Dec 15, 2008

Former Detroit mayor claims no voluntary consent for license revocation

DETROIT (DMN) — With days to think about it, a bevy of lawyers to take advice from and a judge who gave him the choice to back out, former Detroit mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick claims he didn’t voluntarily consent to having his law license revoked as part of his guilty plea to obstruction of justice […]

Dec 15, 2008

Whole Foods sues FTC, says agency violated rights

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Natural grocer Whole Foods filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 8 against the Federal Trade Commission, claiming the regulator violated its due process rights in a dispute over its acquisition of rival Wild Oats. Whole Foods Market Inc. bought Wild Oats Markets Inc. of Boulder, Colo., in 2007 for $565 million. But […]

Dec 15, 2008

Thousands of Florida tobacco cases hit snag

ORLANDO, Fla. (DMN) — A new twist in the 14-year-long Florida tobacco litigation will make it more time-consuming and expensive for plaintiffs in individual trials against cigarette makers to prove their cases. A federal judge has essentially erased the jury findings of a yearlong state trial in 1999 that established causation and liability against a […]

Dec 15, 2008

Fire cuts phones to Employment Security Commission

COLUMBIA (AP) — A fire cut power and disabled phone lines for seven hours Dec. 7 to the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, potentially creating delays for thousands of jobless residents seeking benefits. A fire hit a pole adjacent to the agency’s administrative building around 6 a.m. The building had backup power for about four […]

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