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Voter Turnout for Strong-Mayor Decision Appears Light

Plus, Columbia Ushers in Adult Store's Demise
By Porter Barron Jr.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 |
Turnout appeared light at several polling stations around Columbia Tuesday morning, as voters trickled in to decide whether the Capital City should embrace a strong-mayor form of government or adhere to the status quo. Check here tomorrow for results.

The City of Columbia has no love for porn peddlers. On Tuesday, the city denied adult store Taboo an exemption from a zoning ordinance aimed at effectively eradicating such businesses. Under that ordinance, businesses grandfathered in were able to stay open in order to recoup losses from their pending closure. Taboo claimed it had not been given enough time to do so. City officials gave no quarter.

According to a press release from Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, the insurance giant has notified the S.C. Insurance Department that it will allow non-grandfathered individual and small group policyholders to renew their health insurance for one year. The policies had been canceled to conform to a provision of the Affordable Care Act that imposed a higher standard of coverage on health insurance policies, but consequently drove up their costs. The provision has since been suspended till 2015.

Led by Catherine Templeton at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, South Carolina is threatening to hit the U.S. Department of Energy with $154 million in fines for failing to achieve agreed upon milestones in its cleanup of nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site, The New York Times reports.

In the second season of his NFL career, former Gamecock football great Alshon Jeffery is setting franchise records to the delight of Chicago Bears fans, The Chicago Tribune reports.

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