Local & State
Feds find no violations at SRS mixed-oxide fuel facility
Federal regulators have found no violations at a Savannah River Site project where old nuclear weapons materials are planned to be turned into reactor fuel. The contractor building the mixed-oxide fuel facility said in a news release Wednesday that the inspection period ending Sept. 30 marked the fourth quarter in a row that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission had found no problems. The project is part of an agreement with Russia to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. Construction began in 2007, but the project is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
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Pressure sensitive adhesive tape maker to open $12 million facility, hire 150
Coroplast, a global manufacturer of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, officially opened its first U.S. facility Tuesday in Rock Hill. The German-based company will invest $12 million in its new facility at the Antrim Business Park near the Rock Hill Galleria and hire at least 150 for professional, technical and production jobs. The new factory will initially concentrate on engineered wire harness tapes.
Air traffic back to normal at Myrtle Beach after runway lights problem
Air traffic at Myrtle Beach International Airport was back to normal Wednesday after a problem with the runway lights forced flights to be canceled or delayed for about an hour Tuesday night, according to local media outlets. Kirk Lovell with the Horry County Department of Airports said it was not known if the lights going out had anything to do with an ongoing $20 million project to renovate the runway. Crews are currently paving the airport’s 9,500-foot runway during overnight hours.
Nation & World
FedEX expecting another record holiday season
FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries. The company forecast Wednesday that deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. That’s a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season. FedEx Corp. said the peak day is likely to be Dec. 15, when it expects to handle 22.6 million shipments around the world.
Boeing rides jet-buying spree to $1.36 billion profit in third quarter
Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year. On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had a profit of $1.86. Boeing Co., which makes some of its 787 Dreamliners in North Charleston, is benefiting, in part, from a record jet-buying spree by airlines, driven by cheap financing and a growing number of global fliers. In the past quarter alone, Boeing booked 501 net plane orders.
• Johnson & Johnson will begin safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus.
• Starting Wednesday, Target will offer free shipping on any online purchase – no matter the size – through Dec. 20, taking an aggressive stance early on in the holiday season.
• Weighing in at more than 6 pounds, the so-called Butte Nugget – one of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country – is going up for sale for a projected $350,000.
The (Rock Hill) Herald, The Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune contributed.