Local & State
Nonprofit raffles now legal in S.C.
Not-for-profit organizations will be able to hold raffles, which can be major fundraisers, starting early next month now that the state Legislature has ratified a change in the constitution approved by voters last fall.
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Secetary of State Mark Hammond said in a statement that raffles can begin about April 4 or 30 days after ratification. The General Assembly ratified the change Thursday, Hammond said.
To conduct a raffle in South Carolina, a nonprofit group must have religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes.
Hammond’s office suggests that the nonprofit community contact his office with questions about the change in the law.
Bennettsville, Cheraw hospitals won’t close
A new operator has been found to keep open hospitals in Bennettsville and Cheraw.
M/C Healthcare has agreed to operate Marlboro Park Hospital in Bennettsville and Chesterfield General Hospital, the Post and Courier of Charleston reported .
The hospitals are 15 miles from each other and were scheduled to close at the end of next month because Community Health Systems decided not to renew its operating license.
Nation & World
Hiring shows little sign of slowing
WASHINGTON Even after the best three-month hiring spree in 17 years, U.S. employers are showing few signs of letting up.
Job growth for February, to be reported Friday, might not match the furious pace of November through January.
Still, economists foresee another solid gain and a drop in unemployment to a near-normal 5.6 percent for a job market that continues to outshine others around the world.
• Average long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in four weeks and remain near historic lows reached in May 2013.
• Visa scored a big win this week when Costco announced that it will replace American Express as the retailer’s processing network in the U.S.
• Volkswagen is rolling out a cheaper edition of its all-electric e-Golf hatchback in an effort to broaden the car’s appeal and keep up with the rest of the price conscious segment.
• For the 18th consecutive year, Publix has been honored as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Publix was ranked No. 81 on this year’s list – down from No. 75 last year – and was one of only 12 companies to have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.
• A consumer survey shows the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground.
From Staff and Wire Reports.