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South Carolina reality TV series raises eyebrows in polite society

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Bravo TV's new reality show "Southern Charm," set in Charleston's historic downtown among the moss-draped oaks and mansions on the South Carolina coast, promises to reveal "the Neverland of the South, where men don't want to grow up."

New season starting for SC's now-$18B tourist industry with conference, other events

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tourism, which now pumps about $18 billion into the South Carolina economy, has recovered from the Great Recession and has been setting records in recent seasons. And the director of the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Duane Parrish, says the trend should continue in 2014. "I think it will be a great year for South Carolina," he told The Associated Press.

Man charged with murder in South Carolina State University shooting

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A man accused of shooting a fellow student to death after an argument outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University was arrested on a murder charge on Saturday, state police said. Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, was taken into custody for the Friday shooting death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, a member of the school's football team, the State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement.

Boeing close to 10-a-month goal for 787 production

By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> is close to hitting its production target of building 10 of its high-tech 787 Dreamliner jets a month, a top Boeing executive said on Thursday. "It's the fastest we've ever gone on any airplane," said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. A 787 entered production at the new rate on November 14, Boeing said, but has not been completed.

Boeing close to 10-a-month goal for 787 production

By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> is close to hitting its production target of building 10 of its high-tech 787 Dreamliner jets a month, a top Boeing executive said on Thursday. "It's the fastest we've ever gone on any airplane," said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. A 787 entered production at the new rate on November 14, Boeing said, but has not been completed.

Boeing leases more South Carolina land as jet programs ramp up

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> has obtained a $1-a-year lease for another large tract of state land near its factory in South Carolina that will nearly double the amount expected for a planned expansion, a spokeswoman for the plane maker said on Friday. Besides 267 acres it had planned to lease from the Charleston County Aviation Authority, Boeing added another 201 acres that had been privately owned, spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said.

Boeing to add South Carolina paint facility, adding more land in North Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Boeing has released more details of its $1 billion expansion in South Carolina, announcing it has acquired more land and will open a painting facility in the state. The aeronautics company announced Friday that it will begin construction in the second half of 2014 on a 230,000-square-foot building to paint the 787 Dreamliners it builds at its North Charleston assembly plant. Currently, 787s built in South Carolina are flown to Fort Worth, Texas, to be painted with airline logos and then are returned to South Carolina for final delivery to customers.

Boeing to lease more land in South Carolina for $1 per year

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Boeing Co has obtained a $1-a-year lease for 468 acres of state land near its factory in South Carolina, nearly double the amount expected for a planned expansion, a spokeswoman for the planemaker said on Friday. Besides 267 acres it had planned to lease from the Charleston County Aviation Authority, Boeing added another 201 acres of North Charleston land that had been privately owned to the deal, spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said. Boeing did not say what it plans to build on the land.

Boeing to break ground next week on South Carolina facility

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> said it would break ground on Tuesday for a propulsion facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, expanding its facilities in the nonunion state. The facility, which will be known as Propulsion South Carolina, will design and assemble the engine nacelle inlet for the 737 MAX. A nacelle is the outer housing of a jet engine.

U.S. government shutdown benefits art museum

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government shutdown has forced the closure of monuments and tourist sites across the country, but it has brought some benefits to at least one private art museum. Hundreds of tourists who because of the shutdown could not visit the popular Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first battle of the Civil War took place 152 years ago, have instead been flocking to see a photo exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art in nearby Charleston, South Carolina.
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