SC business notebook, July 20

July 19, 2013 

Medical Mutual of Ohio leaving S.C.

An insurance company says it’s leaving South Carolina because of regulations related to health care reform. Medical Mutual of Ohio is the parent company of the Carolina Care health plan, which covers 28,000 policyholders in South Carolina. Medical Mutual spokesman Ed Byers said Friday the company plans to pull out of South Carolina by the end of the year to focus on its home market of Ohio, where it covers 1.6 million members. Byers says changes under the federal health care act that go into effect this year and next year played into the company’s decision to leave South Carolina. He says policyholders covered under Carolina Care are being transitioned to UnitedHealthcare.

Morning News publisher leaving

The publisher of The (Florence) Morning News is leaving to run The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. bought the New Jersey newspaper and will move Florence publisher Mark Blum into his new role at the newspaper when the sale closes in August. Blum was controller of The Press from 1989 to 1993. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. also owns the Morning News and 29 other newspapers across the country. The Morning News announced in June that Tucker Mitchell, the newspaper’s regional editor in charge of the newspaper and several nearby publications, was leaving to become executive director for public affairs at Francis Marion University.

‘High-stakes bingo’ coming back

The Catawba Indian Nation is working to finalize a lease agreement to bring back its “high-stakes bingo” business on Cherry Road in Rock Hill. A tribal spokeswoman said that the Catawba Indian Nation plans to sub-lease from Bi-Lo a 45,000-square-foot space in the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center at Cherry and Anderson roads. The bingo venue is an economic development tool for the tribe and York County, said Elizabeth Harris, Catawba Indian Nation spokeswoman. The tribe operated a bingo venue in Rock Hill from 1997 to 2006 when it closed the business, citing that competition from the South Carolina Education Lottery stifled its profits. Details on when the bingo venue may open, the tribe’s investment in the location and the number of jobs created were not yet available. The Catawbas – the state’s only federally-recognized tribe – have a right to operate a bingo venue under the tribe’s 1993 settlement agreement with the state of South Carolina.

Boeing 787 transmitters to be inspected

U.S. aviation officials say they want the emergency locator transmitters on all Boeing 787 “Dreamliners” inspected following a fire this week aboard one of the airliners parked at London’s Heathrow Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said late Friday the agency is working with Boeing to develop instructions for airlines on how to conduct the inspections.

The Associated Press and The (Rock Hill) Herald contributed.

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