COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate again dropped slightly last month. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the jobless rate in South Carolina in August was 3.4 percent. That's down from 3.6 percent in July. The agency says South Carolina also set a record with more than 2.2 million people working.
(AP) - Authorities say the toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence. A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that state alone. The rest of the fatalities were reported in South Carolina and Virginia.
WASHINGTON (AP) - DHS has found that head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it. William "Brock Long" had been under investigation by the Homeland Security Department's watchdog over travel to his to his home in Hickory, North Carolina. The news of the probe came to light just as Hurricane Florence was striking the Carolinas.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Early farm reports confirm pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops. Peanuts and sweet potatoes also are of concern. Tobacco could be the North Carolina field crop taking the biggest hit.
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