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Stolen Laptop Means Another S.C. Agency Data Breach

Plus, Watch DNR Stock A River with Trout by Helicopter
By Eva Moore
Monday, December 30, 2013 |
Someone stole a laptop containing the names and Social Security numbers of people in the South Carolina Health Insurance Pool, a state program that provides insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, the AP reports. It's the latest data breach in a state that's seen several over the past few years.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave Duke Energy's proposed Lee nuclear power plant a thumbs up on an environmental test, but the plant "still has a long way to go to receive a construction and operating license," Reuters reports. The plant is planned for Cherokee County in the Upstate.

Right whales are still seriously endangered despite a controversial law requiring boats to slow down to avoid hitting them. The Post and Courier takes a look at how the whales are doing, and it's not pretty. "Today fewer than 500 are known to exist in the north Atlantic Ocean, a slight improvement in recent years," the paper reports. Just five right whales were seen in South Carolina waters this past year, out of 25 total Atlantic Coast sightings; there were 16 S.C. sightings the year before; and 18 the year before that.

Steve Spurrier has not visited any amusement parks in Orlando as the Gamecocks prepare for their Jan. 1 bowl game, and he does not plan to.

Via the Congaree Riverkeeper, here's a video of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources stocking the Lower Saluda River with trout by helicopter last week. The money shot comes around the 2:50 mark.

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