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October 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

SAVANNAH AIRPORT

Savannah/Hilton Head International airport plans upgrades

(Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah/Hilton Head International airport is getting a $7.6 million grant to upgrade the facility near Georgia's coast.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the Savannah Airport Commission recently voted to accept the grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for a terminal apron expansion project.

The money was part of recent $205 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to small airports in 34 states awarded by the FAA.

Savannah Airport Commission Executive Director Greg Kelley says the expansion will provide space for an upcoming terminal expansion as well as critical space for overflow aircraft parking

The FAA also awarded $6.3 million to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina for an infrastructure project.

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PLASTIC BAG BAN

Plastic bags to be banned soon in coastal county

(Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com)

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Plastic bags will soon become scarce in another part of South Carolina.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head Island reports that a plastic bag ban goes into effect Nov. 1 in Beaufort County.

The newspaper reports that it bans "single-use" plastic bags commonly used to carry groceries, takeout food and clothing.

The ordinance banning the bags first passed in the city of Beaufort and the town of Hilton Head Island in January.

It was followed by similar action in Bluffton and Port Royal in February.

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GOVERNOR'S RACE-BIDEN

Biden to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate

(Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will return to South Carolina on Oct. 13 to campaign for James Smith, the Democratic nominee for governor.

The State reports Smith's campaign spokesman, Brad Warthen, confirmed Saturday that Biden will stump for Smith in Charleston. It was not immediately clear where in Charleston the two will stop.

Last month, Biden was scheduled to join a fundraiser for Smith at the William Aiken House in Charleston. That trip, however, was canceled due to an unspecified scheduling conflict for Biden.

Smith will face Republican incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster in the Nov. 6 general election.

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PILOTS KILLED-REPORT

Feds release report on deadly South Carolina plane crash

(Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have released a preliminary report on a plane crash at a South Carolina airport that left two people dead.

The Greenville News reports Friday's National Transportation Safety Board report states the braking anti-skid switch was inoperative on the Dassault Falcon 50 that barreled off the end of a runway and split in two at Greenville Downtown Airport on Sept. 27. A placard that read "INOP" was placed by the switch the day of the crash.

According to the report, the parking brake was also in the off position and the fire handles had been pulled.

The report provides the NTSB's initial findings, but is not conclusive and does not provide a cause of the crash.

A full factual report typically takes 12 to 18 months to complete.

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HISTORIC SCHOOL

Groups aim to save former African-American school

(Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Community members in a South Carolina town are trying to save a school once designated for African-American children.

The Post and Courier reports that a developer recently acquired the 4-acre (1 hectare 6187.4) lot where the last remaining African-American school in East Cooper stands.

Groups are aiming to save Long Point School — the educational center of the Snowden community from 1904 to 1953.

The newspaper reports that they're working to raise money to move, restore and convert the building into a community center.

The Snowden Community Civic Association and the African-American Settlement Community Historic Commission are trying to raise $200,000 to cover all construction costs.

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SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA FLIGHTS

South Carolina airport to add nonstop flights to Florida

(Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is getting new, nonstop jet service to Orlando, Florida.

The State newspaper reports that Via Airlines will begin flying from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Orlando.

Via was founded in 1997 and is headquartered at Orlando Sanford International Airport.

The company says it offers flights from Orlando to communities that include Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Mobile and Montgomery.

The airline says its new Columbia-Orlando route will begin on Dec. 3.

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