Former lawmaker will lead S.C. Workers Compensation Commission
Scott Beck, a former state representative from North Augusta and assistant S.C. attorney general, will become chairman of the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission, Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday. Aisha Grant Taylor, an attorney with Collins & Lacy and a captain of the 2002 NCAA National Championship Women’s Track & Field Team at USC, was appointed to the commission. She succeeds Derrick Williams. Andrea Roche was reappointed to the commission that Haley said has cut awards and appeals in half and reduced hearing wait times from 233 days to 89 days since she took office in 2011.
Optimism on budget talks boosts stock prices
NEW YORK Stocks closed mostly higher on Wall Street as traders became more hopeful that a budget deal will be reached in Washington. President Barack Obama said in a speech Wednesday that he thought the budget talks could be resolved in about a week. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 83 points at 13,034. It had been up as much as 137 points. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index edged up two points to 1,409. The Nasdaq composite fell 23 points to 2,974, held back by a drop in Apple.
Government files complaint against baby recliner blamed for 5 deaths
WASHINGTON The government is taking action against the makers of a portable baby recliner called the Nap Nanny after five infant deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint Wednesday alleging that the new model of the Nap Nanny, called the Chill, and two earlier versions “pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.” The commission wants Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., to notify the public about what the agency deems a serious product defect and to offer consumers a full refund. Baby Matters went out of business a month ago, according to an email from the company. On its website, owners say the product is safe when used as instructed.
Starbucks plans to open 1,500 cafes
NEW YORK Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world’s biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years. The plan would boost the number of Starbucks cafes in the country by about 13 percent.
Andy Shain and The Associated Press contributed.