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State House Week
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Wintry weather cut this week's session of the SC General Assembly short, but lawmakers had plenty of questions for the CEO of Dominion Energy.  Domion Energy has proposed to buy SCANA Corp., the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas.

Glen Wright leads Shape Note Singing at NEFFA.
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A musical tradition begun in Colonial America which flourished in the South in the late 19th-to mid-20th centuries is still carried on in South Carolina.  It’s shape note singing – also known as fa-sol-la, Jubilee or sacred harp singing.  A method developed to teach music to people who couldn’t read music, the notes on the page use shapes such as round, square, and triangular to represent the various pitches. 

Skeletons

Jan 19, 2018
NatureNotes
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Skeletal material can tell you a lot, if you know what to look fore.

The significant presence of Germany-based industry in our state was an important factor in our next guest’s institution deciding to launch an annual conference last year to address issues facing the German-American business community.  Last year’s topic focused on workforce needs, this year it’s innovation in manufacturing.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"E" is for Ensor, Joshua Fulton [1834-1907]. Physician. A Maryland native, Ensor had a distinguished career as a surgeon in the Union Army. After the Civil War, he became active in Republican Party politics. He moved to South Carolina and was appointed superintendent of the South Carolina Lunatic Aylum. Ensor was appalled by the condition of the facility when he assumed his duties, claiming that the buildings were overcrowded, poorly ventilated and heated, and unsanitary.

Leaves, Green and Brown

Jan 18, 2018
NatureNotes
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Midst the brown, dead leaves,  this time of year you can sometimes to find the green leaves of the Crane-Fly Orchid.

With the attack on globalism occuring in Washington, you might think that cross-border corporate mergers would be slowing down.  But our next guest says she continues to stay very busy and, in fact, financial analysts are saying the new tax law may increase her work load significantly.

Mike Switzer interviews Melinda Davis Lux,  a mergers and acquisitions attorney for the Womble Bond Dickinson law firm in Greenville, SC.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"D" is for Doby, Lawrence Edward [1923-2003]. Baseball Player. Larry Doby was the first African American to play baseball in the American League and the second African American to manage a major league team. He was born in Camden but moved with his family to New Jersey in 1938. He played four seasons with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. In 1947 he was signed by the Cleveland Indians. In his thirteen year career, he batted .238, with 253 home runs, and 969 runs batted in. He was a seven-time All-Star, led the American League in home runs in 1952 and 1954.

White Dots on the River

Jan 17, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

Gulls are on the rivers this time of year.

With the new tax law canceling the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, it seems the most obvious affected party in the whole healthcare equation would be healthcare providers.  After all, isn’t that the first thing the hospital or doctor’s office asks you for: your insurance card?

Mike Switzer interviews Christian Soura, vice president of policy and finance at the South Carolina Hospital Association.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"C" is for Central [Pickens County; population 3,522]. The town of Central came into being when the Atlantic and Richmond Air Line [later the Southern Railroad] laid a track through Pickens County in 1873. The location of the future town was midway between Atlanta and Charlotte and the company chose the site to locate it repair operations. “Central Station” contained shops for railway workers, and engines were refueled and changed using a roundtable. A depot, residences,  and stores soon opened thereafter. In 1875 the town was incorporated.

January

Jan 16, 2018
NatureNotes
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Rudy shares some words by Phil Robinson, from Garden, Orchard, and Spinney.

A Skull in the Forest

Jan 16, 2018
NatureNotes
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a skull in the forest with splayed canine teeth.

Our next guest says that he often senses anxiety coming from the person entering his office.  This might not be surprising if our guest were a surgeon, or a dentist.

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain, a certified financial planner with Provest Wealth Advisors in Spartanburg, SC. 

South Carolina From A to Z
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"B" is for Bennett, Thomas, Jr. [1781-1865]. Governor. Beginning as his father’s partner, Bennett built a lucrative lumber and rice mill business in Charleston. A prominent lowcountry entrepreneur, he held business positions that included director of the South Carolina Homespun Company, director of the Bank of the State of South Carolina, and director of the Louisville, Cincinnati, and Charleston Railroad. He was active in the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and also served as mayor of the city. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and served as its speaker.

SC Lede: Nuclear Boondoggle

Jan 16, 2018

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson discusses the politics surrounding the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project and previews Gov. Henry McMaster’s first State of the State address with Andy Shain, Columbia bureau chief with The Post and Courier.

Mindfulness

Jan 16, 2018

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold about Mindfulness—an approach to improve psychological wellbeing and reduce stress.  Dr. Rheingold is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Program at MUSC.

The distinctive white shawl protest graffiti of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo makes its mark in Bariloche's central square.
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The Buenos Aires Herald ceased publication in July of 2017, almost 141 years after its founding. The paper became famous, however, only in the latter part of the 20th century, for exposing the forced disappearances of Argentinians during the 1976-83 military dictatorship. Other newspapers in the country whitewashed this chapter of Argentina’s history.

South Carolina From A to Z
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“A" is for Ashwood Plantation. Located in Lee County,  the Ashwood Plantation Project was established as a resettlement site for tenant farmers displaced during the Great Depression. In 1934, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration [FERA] acquired 7,000 acres south of Bishopville, including the 2,200-acre Ashwood Plantation of former governor Richard I. Manning. Other parcels ultimately raised the total to 11,000 acres. Project directors planned to settle about 200 families at Ashwood.

The Buenos Aires Herald ceased publication in July of 2017, almost 141 years after its founding. The paper became famous, however, only in the latter part of the 20th century, for exposing the forced disappearances of Argentinians during the 1976-83 military dictatorship. Other newspapers in the country whitewashed this chapter of Argentina’s history.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Basco about keeping children and teen safe from opioids in the home.  Dr. Basco is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Health.

Future drill sergeants practice their techniques on their fellow trainees at Fort Jackson. (File)
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A new study finds South Carolina among ten states with a larger number of unfit Army recruits compared to the rest of the nation. The research comes from the Citadel, a military school in Charleston, and shows potential soldiers who are not physically fit are more likely to be injured during basic training, costing the Department of Defense and putting our nation's military readiness at risk.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"E" is for Edwards, William Augustus [1866-1939]. Architect. Edwards began his career in Virginia, but, moved back to South Carolina as a partner in the firm of Wilson and Edwards. Edwards was the lead partner in several other architectural firms in South Carolina and, after 1908, in Atlanta.

Tammy Mainwarring
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After a recent study commissioned by our next guest’s organization uncovered some serious skills gaps in our state’s information technology workforce, they decided to help employers address them with a series of upcoming workshops.

Mike Switzer interviews Tammy Mainwaring, president of IT-ology in Columbia, SC.

Spotted at the Feeder

Jan 12, 2018
NatureNotes
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Rudy reports on the sightings at his backyard bird feeder.

State House Week
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State lawmakers returned to Columbia this week for the 2018 session of the S.C. General Assembly. Fallout from last summer's collapse of the V.C. Nuclear is expected to dominate this year's session.  Also, this week the House of Representatives wasted little time in overriding Gov. Henry McMaster's veto of some $20 million dollars for new school buses.

Narrative: A Songwriter's Musical Upbringing

Jan 11, 2018
Musician and songwriter Jack "Jackie" Jeffords and his son Jason Jeffords, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Jason Jeffords talked with his father Jackie Jeffords about his life as a musician and songwriter. Here, Jackie describes his musical childhood in a family with eight brothers and sisters.

Epworth Children's Home in Columbia will soon make available to the public a treat that its residents and visitors have enjoyed for decades: peanut butter ice cream, which has been produced at the home since the Great Depression.
Photo courtesy Riggs Partners, West Columbia, S.C.

For decades, Epworth Children's Home in Columbia has been well known in Methodist circles for two things: caring for children, and the unique dessert it has produced since the Great Depression: peanut butter ice cream.  The government sent the home large quantities of peanut butter to help give the children protein, and the cooks served it in every way they could think of, said Epworth President John Holler.   In those days, the home had a dairy, so someone suggested  trying to make ice cream with it. 

South Carolina From A to Z
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"D" is for DeKalb, Johann [1712-1780]. Soldier. Born in Bavaria, DeKalb rose to the rank of brigadier-general in the French Army and decided to seek his military fortune in America. He was contracted as a major-general in the Continental Army and, along with Lafayette, arrived off the coast South Carolina, near Georgetown, in 1777.

As you are probably starting to find out, the new tax law is affecting a lot of things.  Possibly, even affordable housing.  In fiscal year 2017, South Carolina’s Housing Tax Credit program allocated over $12 million across 20 new housing developments.  But while the tax credits are still there, our next guest says that the new lower corporate tax rate may make them less attractive.

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