Local & State
Belton plant ash being removed
The first truckload of coal ash from the W.S. Lee Steam Station in Belton on Thursday was excavated and relocated to an off-site landfill.
It was the beginning of moving 1.4 million tons of ash, which was left from burning coal that’s powered the Carolinas for more than a century.
Waste Management is moving the ash from an inactive ash basin to its landfill in Homer, Ga. That represents about 39 percent of the material on the property and is expected to take two to three years.
Nation & World
Tax hikes in Puerto Rico
The governor said he has agreed to a compromise deal on a tax hike for the deeply indebted U.S. territory after his initial plan for a value-added tax was shot down by the legislature.
Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said late Thursday that a majority of members of his party had agreed to back a bill that would increase the sales and use tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent as part of an effort to rescue a government in danger of running out of funds.
Garcia said the measure also would include a new 4 percent tax on professional services that have not been defined, although officials said health and education services would be exempt.
Sneak peak at ‘16 Camaro
A picture of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro made a surprise appearance Friday on CNBC a day before the muscle car is to make its global debut at a weekend event in Detroit.
Camaro fans are travelling to Detroit for a weekend of activities, centered around the unveiling of the sixth-generation Camaro which will be built in Lansing, Mich., on a new platform that will make it lighter and more nimble.
But anticipation hit a new level Friday when some images of the car were leaked on CNBC during teasers into a segment on the car and weekend events.
▪ Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams says it has restarted production after a massive recall triggered by the discovery of listeria in some pints. The company, which has a Charleston location, decided to destroy $2.5 million worth of ice cream, then cleaned and reworked its production.
From Wire Reports