Disaster Help Information

As South Carolinians assess rain and flood damage, and look for help in recovery, you may find these phone numbers and web links useful.

Life has not quite returned to normal yet for Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school. The 14-year-old is now touring parts of the Middle East, along with his father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed.

For the first time, primitive human kidneys have been created in a laboratory dish, by using stem cells.

Although the kidneys cannot perform the functions of a fully formed adult kidney, the researchers hope the achievement will someday lead to new ways to treat people suffering from kidney failure.

Grapes, including raisins, are the third largest crop in California grossing almost $6 billion in 2014. Harvesting the labor-intensive crop takes thousands of workers. But a new raisin grape variety bred in Central California could severely decrease that need for workers.

It takes a lot of hand labor to harvest raisins, three or more rounds of pruning, quality control and picking. And to pay those workers costs a lot of money. That's why the raisin industry is desperately searching for a way to spend less on labor creating a larger profit margin.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan lowered the flag and boxed up their gear at the end of last year as President Obama declared the formal end to 13 years of U.S. combat operations.

Gov. Haley: Three Counties Added to Disaster List

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Governor Nikki Haley, October 2, 2015.
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  At her press conference today, Governor Nikki Haley said that three additional counties had been declared Disaster Areas: Sumter, Clarendon , and Berkeley. FEMA assessors are "on the ground," Haley says, and several more counties are being considered for the list of counties that are eligible for federal assistance.

Haley also talked about the possibility of voluntary and mandatory evacuations today Colleton, Dorchester, Horry, Williamsburg, Charleston, Georgetown, Berkeley counties.

Hear the entire press conference here: 

With his ambulance sirens blaring, Edmund Hassan is speeding to a home in South Boston, after getting a call that someone there is unconscious. He's deputy superintendent of Boston Emergency Medical Services, and he suspects an opioid overdose. These days, he says, his workers have to administer Narcan, the drug that reverses that kind of overdose, roughly three times in every eight-hour shift.

The United Nations Refugee Agency and Kickstarter have joined forces in an effort to raise money to help migrants fleeing the violence in Syria.

In a video, Anne-Marie Gray, executive director and CEO of USA for UNHCR, said this "human tragedy" is the "largest migration crisis of our time."

And, she added, "We all have a responsibility."

It seems the entire world is wrestling with immigration emergencies today. And lest you think the Western Hemisphere's crisis is over, consider the look on Oscar Ortega's face.

He just got a WhatsApp message that made his eyes pop.

  On Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and representatives from FEMA will travel to Columbia and Charleston to meet with federal, state and local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts. FEMA will be assessing which counties are eligible for individual aid, in conjunction with the President’s Major Disaster Declaration. 

The tradition of lavish, super-indulgent dinners in America, says Becky Libourel Diamond, author of the soon-to-be-published book The Thousand Dollar Dinner, comes from the fact that our country has always been known as the Land of Opportunity for Pursuers of Happiness.

Pass the champagne and caviar.


As Damage Assessment Begins, Threat of Flooding Continues in Some Parts of SC

Record rainfall caused severe flooding that left houses in Columbia & elsewhere with water up to their eaves. But, officials say the crisis is not over.

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Harper Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 5, 2007.
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How Does Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" inform "Mockingbird"?

Dr. Robert Brinkmeyer, Director of the Institute of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, talks with Walter Edgar about Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchmen (Harper Collins, 2015), as well as To Kill a Mockingbird and its place in Southern literature. Walter Edgar's JournalAll Stations: Fri, Oct 9, 12 pmNews Stations: Sun, Oct 11, 4 pm
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