2018-09-07 / Business

City Snippets

USC selling opioid antidote Narcan

University of South Carolina students can now buy the opioid antidote Narcan without a prescription at the Center for Health and Well-Being pharmacy. Price of the drug varies depending on a student’s insurance coverage, but without insurance, it costs about $125, a USC spokesman says.

Nuclear fuel plant study reopened

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reopening an environmental study of the Westinghouse nuclear fuel factory on Bluff Road as information surfaces about radioactive leaks that date back at least a decade, federal officials said.

West Nile report prompts spraying

The City of Columbia is spraying for adult mosquitoes after a dead bird, found in the city limits, tested positive for West Nile Virus. The spraying normally takes place between midnight and dawn.

Zoe’s closes Main Street location

Zoe’s Kitchen, a lunch and dinner fixture in the Meridian Building for six years, is closing. The lack of its own toilets has been speculated a reason for the closing.

Columbians slack on paying bills

A study by Lending Tree, ranks Columbia No. 8 in the 100 largest U.S. metros for people not paying their bills on time. The study found that nine percent of Columbians have at least one delinquent account and an average number of seven late payments in their history.

State’s energy bills rank 16th nationally

South Carolina’s monthly energy bills rank No. 16 nationally according to an analysis by financial website WalletHub.

Our drivers ranked No. 166 nationally

Allstate’s annual “Best Drivers Report” ranks Columbia’s motorists at No. 166 in the nation’s 200 largest cities.

S.C. third worst in car crash deaths

South Carolina averaged 20.5 deaths per 100,000 people due to car crashes in 2016, ranking it as the No. 3 deadliest state in that category, according to a SafeWise study examining the effects of distracted driving.

Tech schools ranked among nation’s worst

A new WalletHub study ranks South Carolina technical colleges 39th among 42 states surveyed. Midlands Technical College ranked No. 5 among the state’s institutions.

Baddourah in pre-trial program

Suspended Columbia City Council member Moe Baddourah is entering a pre-trial intervention program that may pave his way to resume his council duties. Governor Henry McMaster suspended Baddourah in 2017 while he was involved in a contentious divorce.

New store to sell hemp products

The CBD Store, the first store in Lexington County to exclusively sell retail products made from cannabidiol, is open at 5084 Sunset Boulevard, Suite A.

Five Points sets up rideshare location

The Five Points Association and the Columbia Police Department are designating a new rideshare pick-up and drop-off location at 2100 Santee Avenue in Five Points.

Free tuition program expanded

The state Legislature is allocating $3.9 million to expand a pilot program offering free technical college tuition for high school graduates from Lexington School District 4 (Swansea-Gaston).

Benedict drops seven majors

As part of a plan to make Benedict College “more competitive and efficient,” the school is removing unpopular majors in history, religion and philosophy, sociology, political science, transportation and logistics engineering, mathematics and economics from its curriculum.

USC research worth $258.1 million

For the fourth year running, the University of South Carolina has set a record for research activity and sponsored award funding, garnering $258.1 million in fiscal year 2018.

U-Haul has new dealer in West Columbia

U- Haul Company of South Carolina, Inc. has announced that SDR Towing & Recovery, 2101 Augusta Road, will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies, and in-store pick-up for boxes.

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