Verizon plans career open house
Verizon Wireless will hold a career open house March 25 at its call center in Elgin for customer service representatives. Those interested should log on to Verizon.com/jobs to apply for job number 344659. If selected, candidates will receive an invitation to attend one of three sessions at the open house to learn more about available positions, meet with hiring officials and to take a pre-employment assessment. The company says it is looking for candidates with a passion for people who are multi-taskers and have solid technical skills. Verizon is in the process of hiring for nearly 100 positions throughout the state, but representatives could not say how many of those jobs are available in the Midlands.
N.C. wants Duke Energy settlement voided
RALEIGH North Carolina regulators said Friday they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a statement that it would scuttle the proposed consent order to settle violations for groundwater contamination leeching from coal ash dumps near Charlotte and Asheville. The decision comes after a Feb. 2 spill at a Duke coal ash dump in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.
Flood insurance customers get a break
WASHINGTON Homeowners living in flood-prone areas, such as the South Carolina coast, are getting relief from big spikes in insurance costs under legislation President Barack Obama signed into law Friday. Lawmakers from both parties supported the measure in response to angry homeowners who faced sharp premium hikes after an overhaul of the government’s flood insurance program two years ago. The 2012 rewrite was aimed at weaning those in flood-prone areas off of subsidized rates and required extensive updating of the flood maps used to set premiums. But its implementation left homeowners along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and in flood plains facing often unaffordable rate increases. The new law caps flood insurance premium increases and allows below-market insurance rates to be passed on to people buying homes in flood zones with taxpayer-subsidized policies. Critics say taxpayers will end up footing the bill when the next disaster strikes.
Mt. Gox finds 200,000 bitcoins
Bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox said it found 200,000 bitcoins, which were previously thought stolen, in disused electronic wallets. Another 650,000 bitcoins remain unaccounted for. The Tokyo-based company said in a statement posted on its website Thursday that the 200,000 bitcoins were identified March 7 after “old format” wallets were searched as part of Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy proceedings.
The Associated Press contributed.