Local & State
Residential project in Cayce gets go-ahead
An apartment complex may rise across from the Lexington County tennis and fitness center in Cayce. The city Planning Commission late Monday recommended rezoning a 19-acre site on Fort Congaree Trail for residential use, setting the stage for the project to proceed. The change now awaits approval by City Council members. No plan for the project has been submitted, but as many as 300 units could be built on the site, assistant city manager Shaun Greenwood said.
AT&T to hire 100 workers in SC
AT&T will hire about 100 workers in South Carolina in the coming weeks, including about 28 in Columbia and Lexington. The company said Tuesday it is hiring for nearly 60 new jobs and filling about 40 others in operations and retail. Jobs available include technician positions and spots at retail stores throughout the state. The company earlier this year pledged to hire more than 5,000 veterans nationwide over the next five years. See http://att.jobs/ for more information or to apply.
SC jobless rate delayed by federal shutdown
South Carolina’s jobless rate for September – originally set to be released today – will be delayed because of the 16-day shutdown of the federal government, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce said. “The temporary closure of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics limits DEW’s ability to acquire the national and contiguous state data necessary for calculating and issuing South Carolina’s September employment situation report,” the agency posted on its website. The state’s August rate was 8.1 percent. A new release date has not been set, but likely will be in mid-November, the agency said.
Nation & World
FTC, Aaron's settles spyware complaints
The Federal Trade Commission says Atlanta-based furniture renter Aaron’s Inc. has agreed to a settlement over allegations that it helped place spyware on computers that secretly monitored consumers by taking webcam pictures of them in their homes. The FTC said in a Tuesday news release that Aaron’s will be prohibited from using spyware that captures screenshots or activates the camera on a consumer’s computer, except to provide requested technical support. Aaron’s officials previously blamed individual franchisees for the spyware. But the FTC said Aaron’s knowingly played a direct role in its use. According to the settlement, Aaron’s didn’t admit or deny the allegations. The company also said it can’t comment because of pending private lawsuits. The public has 30 days to comment on the proposed settlement. Tim Flach, Kristy Eppley Rupon and The Associated Press contributed.