South Carolina households rank low in financial security, according to a new report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development; it found 47.3% of South Carolina households are "in a persistent state of financial insecurity," placing the state 47th out of 50 states, and "the number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s level of 47.2%." Not only that, but "state policies are doing little to improve the financial security of South Carolinians."
Soon, it might not make as much sense to fly out of Charlotte rather than Columbia, as parking fees at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport are set to rise by up to 50 percent. Parking at CLT has long been a better deal than at other regional airports.
The Atlantic profiles South Carolina's Governor's School for Arts and Humanities.
Hospitals in South Carolina lag behind in getting newborn blood samples to labs for testing, The State reports. The tests look for "a variety of potentially deadly conditions that occur in about one in every 800 babies." It's unclear whether the slow testing has affected any babies' health outcomes.
South Carolina State University did not follow its own policy in handling an on-campus shooting last week, WIS finds — particularly in that it did not notify students and lock down campus immediately after the shooting.
A South Carolina company that makes protective window coverings has apologized for sending a marketing email to Connecticut school administrators featuring a police photo of the shot-out front of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
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Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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