2018-09-14 / Business

City Snippets

Clemson economist discounts tariffs

Scott Baier, chair of Clemson University’s economics department, says tariffs and the threat of tariffs are an unreliable tool for negotiating better trade deals for the United States. “In the history of the United States, its ability to use this negotiating tactic to help people behave in a better way, it doesn’t really show up in the data,” Baier told a business meeting.

Columbia cops targeting jaywalkers

The Columbia Police Department is cracking down on jaywalkers in an attempt to minimize the number of accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians. The department is targeting specific areas near the USC campus and business districts that see a high volume of pedestrians.

S.C. anti-vaxxer numbers growing

More Midlands parents are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children. DHEC says the number of religious exemptions in Richland County increased from 448 to 764 from the 2013-2014 school year to last school year. In Lexington County, the number of religious exemptions increased from 375 to 630 during the same years.

Restaurant ruins demolished

A Subway restaurant on Gills Creek off Devine Street at Crowson Road that was gutted by the October Floods of 2015 has been torn down. Owner Yogesh Thakker said the demolition was ordered by the City of Columbia. He has relocated to the BiLo Shopping Center across Devine.

Group opposing liquor licenses

A group of neighbors who oppose the high concentration of late-night college bars in Columbia’s Five Points is opposing the liquor license renewals of Five Points Saloon, The Barn, Cover 3, Group Therapy, The Horseshoe, and Lucky’s.

S.C. colleges ranked on best value

Four South Carolina colleges are on a list of 500 best valued for the money by the Wall Street Journal. The rankings are: 151, Furman University; 199, Wofford College; 217, Clemson University; and 305, University of South Carolina.

Insurer backing education grads

Colonial Life is contributing $50,000 to the second year of the University of South Carolina’s Teaching Induction Program that provides coaching and mentoring for USC education graduates during the first three years of their teaching careers.

Utilities merger clears another hurdle

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the indirect transfer of the operating licenses for parts of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant from South Carolina Electric & Gas to Dominion Energy. This transfer is one of several regulatory approvals required by the merger agreement between the two companies.

Kroger offering same-day delivery

Columbia’s four Kroger stores are partnering with online grocery delivery service Instacart to bring same-day delivery to the Columbia market by late October. Customers can shop online at delivery.kroger.com or at their local stores’ websites. The first online order is free.

Student scores coming up short

S.C. students are continuing to fall short of test scores used to keep students on track for graduation, the Department of Education says. Results showed 69.9 percent of grade five students either met or exceeded expectations on the social studies assessment. That is a drop from 70.9 percent in 2016-17. Grade seven students improved from last year, with 66.4 percent either meeting or exceeding expectations compared to 63.5 percent.

New expungement law welcomed

The General Assembly has overridden Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of a bill to allow low-level felonies to be removed from the records of certain nonviolent offenders. The bill had widespread support among the state’s business leaders.

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