Local & State
Ports Authority OKs Port Royal sale
The S.C. State Ports Authority unanimously approved the sale Wednesday of the Port of Port Royal for $15,420,000 in a meeting. The State Budget and Control Board will vote on the agreement with buyer The Furman Co. on Nov. 26 and, if approved, there will be a 150-day due diligence period. After the period 30 days will then be allowed for closing.
Nation & World
Honda Odyssey only minivan to get highest safety crash rating
The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle’s front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.
JetBlue creating 3 ticket classes, to charge for checked bag
It will soon cost you money to check a bag on JetBlue if you buy the cheapest level of tickets. JetBlue Airways Corp. said Wednesday that it will create three ticket classes, and only the top two include at least one free checked bag. The company didn’t say what the bag fee would be for the cheapest flights. Other big airlines have added fees on checked bags since 2008. JetBlue’s move will leave Southwest as the only large U.S. airline that allows all passengers to check at least one bag for free.
Donors to fund search for Ebola cure
A group of donors led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide experimental drugs and fund a study to collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa. Plasma contains antibodies, substances the immune system makes to fight the virus. Several Ebola patients have received plasma from survivors and recovered, but doctors say there is no way to know whether it works without a rigorous study.
VW recalling 442,000 Jettas, Beetles
Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren’t fixed properly after a crash. The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Jettas and 2012 through 2013 Beetles. The company said there have been no crashes or injuries in the U.S. Dealers will inspect parts for damage and install sheet metal to help prevent a loss of vehicle control.
San Diego to turn sewage into drinking water
Acknowledging California’s parched new reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewage water into drinking water. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to recycle wastewater, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.
Target beats Wall Street expectations
Target reported a 3.1 percent gain in third-quarter profits to beat Wall Street expectations as its U.S. business rebounded from a massive data breach that occurred just before Christmas last year. The results are encouraging as the discount retailer gears up for the holiday shopping season, a year after last year’s data breach sent potential customers elsewhere.
The (Hilton Head) Island Packet and The Associated Press contributed.