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Dec 6, 2019

After 14 years, eastern North Carolina judgeship gets filled

The nation’s longest federal court vacancy ended Thursday after nearly 14 years of foot-dragging and politics as the U.S. Senate confirmed a university professor to a North Carolina trial court seat in a bipartisan vote. The chamber voted 68-21 to confirm Richard E. Myers, a former journalist turned attorney and law professor, to the U.S. […]

Aug 17, 2018

Judge halts Trump rule that suspended clean water protection

CHARLESTON (AP) A federal judge in South Carolina has ruled the Trump administration did not properly seek public input when it suspended protections designed to thwart waterway pollution. The Post and Courier newspaper reports the decision by U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston favors environmental groups in allowing restrictions on development around certain waterways. The regulatio[...]

Aug 7, 2018

Judge allows rate cut to stand for failed nuclear plants

COLUMBIA (AP) A 15 percent rate cut ordered by lawmakers can start showing up on a private South Carolina utility’s bills after the company lost billions of dollars on two nuclear plants that were never finished, a federal judge ruled Aug. 6. Judge Michelle Childs ruled that the cut, retroactive to April, can start showing […]

Aug 6, 2018

Judge nixes forcing Charleston history test on tour guides

CHARLESTON (AP) A federal judge says Charleston can’t force tour guides to prove they know the history and architecture of the nearly 350-year-old South Carolina port city. News organizations report U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled Aug. 3 that Charleston’s tour-guide licensing law violates constitutional free speech rights. The city required hired tour guides to pass […]

Aug 2, 2018

Judge keeps rate cuts for failed nuclear plants in limbo

COLUMBIA (AP) A federal judge refused Aug. 2 to end a lawsuit by a private South Carolina utility that also is seeking to stop a temporary rate cut for customers who continue to pay for an abandoned nuclear reactor project. The 15 percent rate cut, retroactive to April, is set to begin appearing on South Carolina […]

Jul 30, 2018

Utility wants federal judge to stop rate cuts over reactor

COLUMBIA (AP) A utility in South Carolina is preparing to tell a federal judge why customers should keep paying for the multi-billion-dollar failure of its nuclear project. A hearing is scheduled July 30 in Columbia. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is suing the Public Service Commission, seeking to stop implementation of a law slashing rates […]

Jun 8, 2018

Judge blocks planned shutdown of Savannah River Site project

COLUMBIA (AP) A federal judge has blocked the proposed shutdown of a plant in South Carolina which would turn plutonium used in nuclear weapons into fuel for nuclear reactors. U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs handed down the decision June 7 on the MOX Project at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County. Instead of […]

May 7, 2018

NAACP questions traffic control used for ‘Black Bike Week’

MYRTLE BEACH (AP) A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments this week in an NAACP lawsuit that says a traffic control plan during what’s known as “Black Bike Week” in South Carolina is discriminatory. The NAACP is seeking an injunction to bar Myrtle Beach from implementing a traffic loop during Memorial Day weekend. A […]

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