WBEZ | South Carolina http://www.wbez.org/tags/south-carolina Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Carolinas' 'thousand-year' flood follows a rainfall trend across the US http://www.wbez.org/news/carolinas-thousand-year-flood-follows-rainfall-trend-across-us-113237 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rainmap.png" style="height: 344px; width: 610px;" title="A US National Weather Service map shows precipitation levels across the southeastern US on October 4, 2015. White splotches in South Carolina indicate areas with more than 10 inches of rain. (National Weather Service/Advanced Hydrologic Predictive Service)" /></div><p><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3142" target="_blank">Twenty-seven inches of rain over five days. More than 15 inches in just 10 hours.</a></p><p>Those are just a couple of the unfathomable amounts of rain that fell in parts of South and North Carolina last weekend in the storm that killed at least 17 people and caused in the neighborhood of&nbsp;<a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EAST_COAST_RAINSTORM?SITE=AP" target="_blank">$1 billion in damage</a>.</p><p>Meteorologists called it a &ldquo;thousand-year event&rdquo; &mdash; meaning a deluge that&rsquo;s likely to happen only once in 1,000&nbsp;years, but they may have to change their odds as the planet warms up. Already this year there have been two such supposedly rare rain events, and many other rainfall records set, in the US.</p><p>&ldquo;Oklahoma and Texas had incomprehensible&nbsp; amounts of&nbsp; rain in May,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wunderground.com/about/bhenson.asp" target="_blank">Bob Henson</a>, a blogger for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wunderground.com/?MR=1" target="_blank">Weather Underground</a>&nbsp;who worked &nbsp;more than 20 years at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado. &ldquo;The amount of rain in Texas was what you would expect maybe once every two or 3000 years.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3047" target="_blank">June was the second wettest month on record in Illinois and neighboring Indiana and Ohio set rainfall records that same month.</a></p><p>And don&rsquo;t forget&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-02-11/big-snow-warming-world-whats">the record amounts of snow that fell on New England last winter</a>.</p><p>And what&rsquo;s going on isn&rsquo;t just the usual clustering you often find among random events.</p><p>When it rains these days, Henson says, it often rains harder.</p><p>&ldquo;That&#39;s been shown through a great amount of research over the last 20 years&hellip; It&#39;s not happening in every single location, but it&#39;s happening in enough places that you could legitimately call it a global trend. The US is in line with that trend,&nbsp; most parts of the US are seeing this happen.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>And Henson says there&rsquo;s a simple connection to climate change. The earth&rsquo;s atmosphere is warming up, and when it gets warmer, he says, the oceans evaporate more moisture into the air. &ldquo;So there&#39;s literally more fuel available to make it rain harder when you have a set up that&rsquo;s creating rain in the first place.&rdquo;</p><p>In other words, warmer temperatures may not be causing such storms, but they are helping feed more water into storm systems.</p><p>The particulars of the storm that battered North and South Carolina were a classic example of random weather events combined with the effects of the upward temperature trend.</p><p>&ldquo;We had a upper-level low-pressure center (that) sat over the southeast for several days,&rdquo; Henson says.&nbsp; &ldquo;That brought in a lot of forcing to pull the air upward and make it rain.&rdquo; And the rainfall was in turn fed by an unusually moist atmosphere in the region.</p><p>&ldquo;You had a ton of moisture available along the East Coast and moisture being funneled in from hurricane Joaquin into the Carolinas.&rdquo;</p><p>The growing number of deluges bring lots of problems with them, but Henson, who wrote his master&rsquo;s thesis on flash flood warnings, says one of the biggest may just be getting people to take the threat seriously.</p><p>He says the heavy rains in the Carolinas were pretty well forecast, and local officials were fairly well prepared, but regular folks still ventured out into the storms when they&rsquo;d been warned not to.</p><p>&ldquo;People simply don&#39;t take moving water seriously a lot of the time,&rdquo; Henson says.&rdquo; How many cases do you see of people driving into floodwaters and then once there, of course the vehicle gets carried off? So it&#39;s a perpetual challenge to make people realize that water in motion can be just as dangerous as, say, high winds.&rdquo;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-10-07/carolinas-thousand-year-flood-follows-big-rainfall-trend-across-us" target="_blank"><em> via PRI&#39;s The World</em></a></p></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/carolinas-thousand-year-flood-follows-rainfall-trend-across-us-113237 The GOP can't stop repealing Obamacare http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-01/gop-cant-stop-repealing-obamacare-105132 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SC-state-Rep.-Bill-Chumley-R-via-Facebook.jpg" style="float: right; height: 168px; width: 300px;" title="SC State Sen. Bill Chumley (from Chumley's Facebook Page)" />It never stops. Ever.</div><p>The Republican obsession with repealing Obamacare continues, no matter that a Republican appointee on the Supreme Court provided the vote to determine its constitutionality. No matter that people rejected the party&#39;s presidential ticket-- which ran on the premise of repealing the law on the first day of their term.<br /><br />The Republican-led U.S. House has voted to repeal the law 33 times, with <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/03/michele_bachmann_again_tries_to_repeal_obamacare/">a new effort </a>underway already in the 113th Congress sponsored by Rep. Michelle Bachman. And now the U.S. Senate, where we have come to expect a bit more reason, has a new GOP sponsored bill to consider which would eliminate the Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s individual mandate, thus <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/gop-senators-introduce-bill-to-repeal-obamacare-mandate.php">rendering it useless </a>by uncoupling its programs from its funding mechanism.<br /><br />And that, of course, is not all. In South Carolina, the state legislature is actually considering making the implementation of Obamacare a crime. Putting aside the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision, the<a href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3101.htm"> state bill</a> declares that &quot;the federal law known as the &lsquo;Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act&rsquo;, signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and is invalid in this State, is not recognized by this State, is specifically rejected by this State, and is null and void and of no effect in this State.&rdquo;<br /><br />The law calls for fines for federal officials of up to $5,000 and jail time up to five years. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has refused to set up a state health insurance exchange to comply with the ACA, has been non-committal about the proposed law to criminalize its implementation. New Jersey, Oklahoma and Maine are considering <a href="http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/12/07/four-and-counting-another-state-to-consider-obamacare-nullification/">similar bills.</a></p><p>And over in Wisconsin, nine Republican state legislators want to pass a law that would allow the immediate arrest of any official attempting to implement the law. Who are these people? Check <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/nine-lawmakers-back-charging-federal-officials-who-implement-obamacare-here-n47kl10-179180251.html">this</a> out, straight from the <em>Milwaukee Journal</em>:<br /><br />&ldquo;Eight of the nine Republicans also have gone on record saying they also want to write a law that would see airport screeners charged with sexual assault if they conduct overly invasive pat-downs of passengers going through security.<br /><br />&ldquo;All nine also told a tea party-aligned group they backed passing so-called &lsquo;right-to-work&rsquo; legislation; allowing people to carry guns without having to get permits from the state; allowing people to buy raw, or unpasteurized, milk; and blocking state funding for the federal Real ID law that requires states to develop more secure driver&#39;s licenses.&rdquo;<br /><br />In South Carolina, <a href="http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=0351704504">State Sen. Bill Chumley</a>, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, is behind the big push to criminalize the ACA. He&rsquo;s sponsoring rallies and trying to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw3PjlM2ZUw">build up grassroots</a> support.<br /><br />What in heaven&rsquo;s name is this about? Why this continued push against a government program that was first conceived by the Heritage Foundation, cradle of the country&rsquo;s conservative thinking?<br /><br />I could say it again, as I&rsquo;ve said before and suspect I&rsquo;ll say again. But then I&rsquo;d just get accused of uselessly pulling out the race card.</p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-01/gop-cant-stop-repealing-obamacare-105132 Caterpillar invests $20M in SC manufacturing plant http://www.wbez.org/story/caterpillar-invests-20m-sc-manufacturing-plant-97280 <p><p>Equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. plans to spend $20 million to expand one of its South Carolina manufacturing plants to handle growing demand.</p><p>Caterpillar said Wednesday that the expansion in Sumter, S.C., will add more than 80 jobs at the plant over the next two years. The project will nearly triple the size of the Sumter plant. It will make large hydraulic cylinders that Caterpillar currently makes at its Joliet, Ill., plant.</p><p>Caterpillar is shifting that work away from Joliet to allow that plant to expand production of other products to help meet growing demand for the company's construction and mining equipment. Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., says it expects to begin hiring more workers in Sumter near the end of the year.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/caterpillar-invests-20m-sc-manufacturing-plant-97280 Boeing's 787 has another manufacturing glitch http://www.wbez.org/story/boeings-787-has-another-manufacturing-glitch-96156 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-06/5544913580_a649e9dff2.jpg.crop_display.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-based Boeing is inspecting its new 787 Dreamliner airplanes after the company discovered a manufacturing flaw. It's the latest setback for the Dreamliner, which Boeing started delivering last fall, three years late.<br> <br> The latest manufacturing glitch was first reported by Jon Ostrower, editor of the web site Flightblogger. He says Boeing found three planes that had a problem in the way the skin was attached to the aircraft’s skeleton.<br> <br> Ostrower says it doesn’t pose a safety problem in the short term, but could over time.<br> <br> "As airplanes age and as they have thousands and thousands of takeoffs and landings during their lifetime, this kind of problem can be exacerbated," Ostrower said. &nbsp;<br> <br> Boeing spokesman Scott Lefeber wouldn’t say how many planes were affected, but did say that the problem occurred at the company’s South Carolina plant. He also says there’s no immediate safety issue.</p><p>"We have the issue well defined and are making progress on the repair plan," Lefeber said in an emailed statement.</p><p>Boeing delivered its first 787 to the Japanese airline ANA last September.</p></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/boeings-787-has-another-manufacturing-glitch-96156 Santorum's bad day http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-01-20/santorums-bad-day-95690 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/AP120119052013.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yesterday should have been Rick Santorum’s day.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Iowa Republican Party, though desperate to make his rival, Mitt Romney, the official certified winner of its caucuses had to cough up that, in fact, it looked like Santorum had won.</span></p><p class="p1"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-20/AP120119052013.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 391px;" title="Santorum during a commercial break at the Republican presidential candidate debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C. (AP/David Goldman)"></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">“One thing that is irrefutable is that is that in these 1,776 certified precincts, the Republican party was able to certify and report <a href="http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2012/01/19/iowa-gop-chairman-santorum-won-certified-vote-but-problem-lies-with-missing-precincts/%20">Rick Santorum was the winner </a>of the certified precinct vote total by 34 votes,” Matt Strawn, the state GOP chair, told the <em>Des Moines Register</em>.&nbsp;There are eight precincts outstanding with missing paperwork.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In his talks, Strawn always makes it seem as if the eight outstanding and uncertifiable precincts could have tipped it back to Romney, but in fact, <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/santorum-didnt-win-iowa-by-34-votes-he-won-by-69.php%20%20">if those votes were counted</a>, Santorum would have led by 69 votes.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">Really, <em>huge</em> news for Santorum.</p><p class="p4"><span class="s3">But what happened? Rick Perry,&nbsp;who should have listened to his gut out of Iowa, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/01/the-only-culprit-in-rick-perrys-collapse-is-rick-perry/251708/">decided to drop out</a> of the South Carolina primary yesterday and threw his <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/19/MN421MRUBU.DTL&amp;type=politics">endorsement to Newt Gingrich</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Which is kinda <em>bigger </em>news.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">And then Gingrich’s ex second wife comes out and says he wanted an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNawLvfwies">open marriage</a>!&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Wow!</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Okay, maybe not <em>wow</em> exactly. We already kinda knew that.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">But the whole combo of events ended up making Santorum’s victory in Iowa kinda ... a footnote. And his wife’s own <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/mrs-santorum-s-abortion-doctor-boyfriend.html?fb_ref=article&amp;fb_source=profile_multiline">weird sexual pas</a>t? &nbsp;Juicy but pretty much irrelevant. (This is also a bit of a trap for Santorum regarding Gingrich. If his wife can mature and repent, then obviously so can Newt.)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">All this means two things.</span></p><ol class="ol1"><li class="li1"><span class="s1">The South Carolina primary, where Gingrich keeps <a href="http://%20http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-01-09/gingrich-rises-darkly-after-new-hampshire-95415">rising (darkly</a>, always darkly), and may actually pull off a victory, or at least come close enough so that -- with the real results in Iowa -- Romney’s winning streak comes down to a single, tiny homogeneous neighboring state, makes “inevitability” a little far fetched. Santorum may well come in last here, though he’ll insist on going on.</span></li><li class="li1">And two, our Iowa predictions winners, Alejandro Riera and Alison Keating, will hold on to their Iowa spirits from <a href="http://www.cedarridgedistillery.com/">Cedar Ridge</a>, but Robert Gold, who correctly -- and insistently -- kept calling Iowa for Santorum, gets a drink on me.</li></ol><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Just tell me when and where, Robert.</span></p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-01-20/santorums-bad-day-95690