Local & State | Upstate
SPARTANBURG -- Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it is considering “establishing a significant component manufacturing facility” in Spartanburg County. Spartanburg is one of three locations being considered by the construction and mining equipment giant, which has its headquarters in Peoria, Ill. The other locations are Montgomery, Ala., and Winston-Salem, N.C. The company will not provide any further details. A final decision is expected by August.
News to charge for web access
GREENVILLE -- Beginning Thursday, The Greenville News will start charging for access to its website. The Gannett-owned newspaper will charge: $16.46 a month for web access and delivery of electronic and print editions of the paper; $14.95 a month for web access and the electronic edition; and $9.95 a month for web access only. “Content, regardless of the platform, was never ‘free.’ ” the paper’s publisher and executive editor said in a note Friday. “The difference is that now everyone will be paying for it.”
MorningStar, county seek deal
ROCK HILL -- York County leaders have invited MorningStar Ministries to help settle a dispute over whether MorningStar should abandon plans to develop the former Heritage USA high-rise into a spiritually focused retirement community and demolish the tower. The county and MorningStar disagree over who has failed to uphold the development agreement. Mediation is the next step in helping the parties reach an agreement, said York County manager Jim Baker.
Nation & World
Growth estimate lowered
WASHINGTON -- The government lowered its estimate of how much the economy grew in the first quarter of the year, noting that consumers spent less than it previously thought. Gross domestic product rose by an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the January-to-March period, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was less than the 3 percent estimate for the quarter that the government released last month. The economy has now grown for three consecutive quarters after shrinking for four straight during the recession – the longest contraction since World War II. In normal times, 2.7 percent growth would be considered healthy. But it’s relatively weak for a recovery after a steep recession. After the last sharp downturn in the early 1980s, GDP grew at rates of 7 percent to 9 percent.
Boeing halts 787 flight tests
SEATTLE -- Boeing Co. is halting flight tests on its new 787 jet after finding that some of the planes have improperly installed parts in the tail. The problem involves shims and fasteners, which weren’t installed correctly in the tail of the plane, Boeing said. The whole assembly is built by Italian manufacturer Alenia. Boeing plans to open a 787 assembly plant in North Charleston next year.
The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal, The Greenville News, The (Rock Hill) Herald and The Associated Press contributed.