Jim Clyburn and nuclear pork


Eight historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina and another in Georgia will share $9 million in federal stimulus money that will be used to train students for work in the nuclear industry.

This, even though only one of the schools appears to offer any nuclear science-related courses at present.

Allen University, Claflin University, Benedict College, Clinton Junior College, South Carolina State University, Voorhees College, Morris College and Denmark Technical College, all of South Carolina, and Georgia’s Paine College signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Energy.

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It’s gator season in South Carolina


Alligator hunting season opened last weekend and 1,000 hunters have up to a month to capture a single Alligator mississippiensis.

This is the second straight year South Carolina has had a gator hunting season. Last year, 789 of the 1,000 permitted hunters completing the application process making them eligible to hunt, and all told they bagged 362 alligators, according to The Myrtle Beach Sun News.

The Middle Coastal area designated by the Department of Natural Resources took the most gators — 121 — according to DNR.

The DNR report said the average alligator taken was about 9 feet long, and the largest was 13.7 feet.

Gator hunting isn’t for the weak of heart. DNR guidelines prohibit the killing or attempted killing of alligators that haven’t been restrained.

That means gators must first be captured alive prior to shooting or otherwise dispatching the animal. Among methods that may be used to attach a restraining line to a gator include handheld snares, harpoons, gigs, arrows or snatch hooks.

And, since gators tend to be nocturnal animals, that makes for one heck of a night of hunting.

NC bank hit with FDIC order


Regulators placed Hickory, NC-based Bank of Granite under a cease-and-desist order Friday, imposing restrictions requiring the institution to raise capital levels and improve its oversight mechanisms.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. order does not mean the bank is going to fail but signals that regulators are seriously concerned and want it to stop practices they deem unsafe, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Troubles at the Bank of Granite, which began in 1906, first started to surface in late 2007. The bank announced a $4 million profit for the third quarter, but a few weeks later retracted the statement, and eventually said it had lost $22 million for the period, The Observer reported.

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