BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say an inmate at a maximum security South Carolina prison took a guard hostage, but the incident ended after nearly 90 minutes with no injuries. The Department of Corrections said on Twitter a prisoner overpowered the officer around 6:50 p.m. Friday at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. The prisons agency says the guard was released after nearly 90 minutes unharmed. Three inmates have been killed in separate fights at the prison in July, November and February.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Federal fishing regulators say they are conducting a five-year review of threatened and endangered populations of Atlantic sturgeon. Populations of sturgeon are listed as threatened in the Gulf of Maine and endangered in New York Bight and the Chesapeake Bay as well as off of the Carolinas and South Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the Endangered Species Act requires the agency to conduct the review to ensure the listings are still accurate.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - In the wake of legislative inaction on a budget request to fund police officers in South Carolina's schools, some state lawmakers have proposed charging a fee on all handgun sales to pay for it. On Thursday, a dozen Democratic House lawmakers introduced legislation that would attach a 7 percent charge to handgun sales in the state.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Documents released by state regulators show SCANA Corp. paid $529 million to investors with money collected from South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. customers as its nuclear project failed. The failed nuclear project helped SCANA increase its dividend. Records show quarterly payments to investors increased more than 50 percent since the project started in 2009. SCANA says while the utilities earnings increased over the past decade, the percentage the company paid in dividends decreased.
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