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Wealthy coastal residents remove illegal seawalls. But dispute rages as seas rise

Virtually every property owner who built seawalls in an exclusive oceanfront community south of Myrtle Beach has torn down the walls they hoped would protect the neighborhood’s high-end homes from rising tides and storms.

But the decision to remove the structures, a victory for beach protection advocates who say seawalls worsen erosion, doesn’t end the dispute at Litchfield Beach over how — and whether — to protect one of the narrowest, most storm-threatened stretches of South Carolina’s coast.

Property owners who live in The Peninsula at Inlet Point South want the federal government to approve a controversial beach renourishment project that would widen a half-mile-long stretch of the sand spit by about 50 yards.

The extra sand would help protect more than $60 million worth of houses with grand views of the Atlantic Ocean and the salty, wildlife-rich tidelands at Litchfield’s southern-most tip.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/article247226404.html

Santee Cooper, electric co-op customers to get refunds from failed SC nuclear project

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Customers of South Carolina’s public utility Santee Cooper and electric cooperatives who paid toward the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project are starting to get their refunds in the mail.

Those who are still customers of either the cooperatives or Santee Cooper and have refunds of less than $25 will get a credit toward their bills. Customers with a refund of more than $25 will get checks, said Mollie Gore, spokeswoman for Santee Cooper. And South Carolinians who are no longer customers of Santee Cooper or the cooperatives will also get checks.

The money is part of a $520 million class action lawsuit settlement that stems from the failed $9 billion V.C. Summer nuclear plant project in Fairfield County. Customers paid toward the project, which fell behind schedule and reported cost overruns before it was abandoned.

The refunds were scheduled to go out this week to more than 1.6 million customers, averaging at about $169.28, said former state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, an attorney who worked on the settlement.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article247318974.html

Jaime Harrison says he's not to blame for SC Senate loss. Trump lifted Graham, he says

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democrat Jaime Harrison said Monday he would not have ran his U.S. Senate bid against Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham any differently, standing by his campaign’s efforts after Republicans won big in South Carolina on election night.

Harrison also outright rejected criticism from outside and within his own party that he nationalized the race, telling The State in his first interview reflecting on the race that he spoke more about local issues than other candidates.

On Nov. 3, Republicans strengthened their grip on the state with three out of five GOP voters casting straight-party ballots. In the State House, Republicans flipped two seats and lost none. In the Senate it flipped three seats. The party also flipped the 1st District back to Republicans after Nancy Mace’s victory over Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham.

“You and I both know that I talked about local issues more than anybody else probably in the state,” Harrison said. “I talked about the lack of Medicaid expansion. I talked about investing in rural communities. There was no talk of nationalizing from me.”

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/election/article247368219.html

Texas artist responds to Ted Cruz's 'come and take it' Thanksgiving post with sobering tweet


An El Paso artist was one of many who responded to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's Thanksgiving tweet that some say is insensitive to the coronavirus crisis.

On Saturday, Cruz posted a photo showing a turkey on a platter with a star above it with the words "Come and Take It" on the bottom of the dish. It comes after several health officials are urging citizens to rethink their Thanksgiving plans and to cancel large gatherings in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

Patrick Gabaldon retweeted Cruz's post and included a drawing he created depicting a doctor pushing a hospital bed with presumably a COVID-19 patient's body on it. "Come and See it" is written on the drawing with a mountain in the background to represent El Paso, a city experiencing a dramatic surge in local cases.

Others on Twitter responded to Cruz's tweet with a similar message to the one Gabaldon attempted to convey with his drawing. Twitter user @abandonedameric made a drawing that had the well-known image of the coronavirus, and it read "Come and Get It."

"Fixed it for you, Ted," the user tweeted.

Read more: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/El-Paso-artist-responds-to-Ted-Cruz-s-come-and-15748032.php

Houston's own The Undertaker bids final farewell to WWE after 30-year career

It's the end of an era.

Mark William Calaway—known by his wrestling alias as The Undertaker—bid his final farewell Sunday night, officially retiring after 30 years with World Wrestling Entertainment.

"My time has come to let the Undertaker rest in peace," he said in his final moment.

The "Dead Man," born and raised in the Bayou City found his love for wrestling while attending Friday night shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum in the 1970s and '80s. He finally responded to his calling in 1990, debuting as a partner of Ted "The Million Dollar Man" at the then-WWF's Survivor Series.

Calaway's WWE credentials include multiple WWE and World Heavyweight Champion and six tag team titles, among other accolades.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/sports/article/WWE-Undertaker-retires-last-match-final-15748412.php

Ted Cruz faces backlash over 'Come and Take it' Thanksgiving meme

Ted Cruz is in hot water again.

As the city of El Paso struggles with an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and "a spike in deaths," according to Mayor Dee Margo, the Texas senator took to Twitter over the weekend to basically let everyone know he still plans to celebrate Thanksgiving, COVID-19 pandemic and all.

His message came in the form of a "war on Thanksgiving" meme featuring a turkey with the words "come and take it."

While Cruz didn't add a caption or additional details regarding his meme choice, people immediately began to criticize him for his lack of care surrounding the virus that has infected more than 1 million Texans.

"Twitter isn’t real life. Memes aren’t legislation," lifelong St. Louis resident and former fire captain Gregg Favre tweeted. "Americans are suffering & too many - too far removed from our struggle - are thinking about re-election."

Read more: https://www.chron.com/coronavirus/article/Ted-Cruz-Thanksgiving-COVID-Twitter-meme-backlash-15747873.php


Irving ISD denies 150 staff requests to work from home as teacher shortage worsens Read more here:

Some school staff in Irving say they feel pressured by the school district to return to in-person teaching despite health concerns as more children return to the classroom during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Irving school district, like other Dallas-Fort Worth schools, has started to fill the hallways with students this month as more families choose in-person learning. Irving began optional in-person learning for students on Sept. 28. Every six weeks, students can choose to return to school or continue virtual learning.

At the end of October, the district told staff who were previously allowed to remotely teach due to health concerns that they needed to come back to campus by Nov. 9. A teacher’s aide currently on oxygen support, a special education teacher on immunosuppressants and a teacher of 20 years who just completed chemotherapy were among those asked to return to campus.

“What Irving has done is ripped the rug out from under a lot of employees who are at-risk,” Steven Poole, executive director of the United Educators Association union, said.

Read more: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/coronavirus/article247358499.html

Border Patrol tops border wall in El Paso with concertina wire

Construction workers are topping the U.S.-Mexico border wall in El Paso with reams of concertina wire, creating a dangerous additional obstacle to illegal crossings.

The U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector put up the razor wire "to dissuade individuals from scaling the border wall and to reduce the risk of injuries sustained from falling off the barrier," said Roger Maier, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Patrol's parent agency.

"It is an added obstacle," he said in an email. "It also extends the time for agents to respond by adding to the amount of time it may take some who is entering illegally to disappear into the community."

The wire is going up along a stretch of now 30-foot barrier between El Paso's Downtown Paso del Norte bridge and the Bridge of the Americas, Maier said. He couldn't immediately say whether the razor wire is part of the original replacement-barrier contract or separate.

Read more: https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2020/11/23/border-patrol-tops-border-fence-razor-wire-deter-crossings-el-paso/6391167002/

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Walmart's bid to sell liquor at its Texas stores

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a bid by Walmart Inc. to start selling liquor at its Texas stores, leaving intact for now a state law that bars such retail sales by publicly-owned companies.

The rebuff, which came without comment, sends Walmart’s challenge back to a federal trial court, where the world’s largest retailer will have to show that Texas is intentionally discriminating against out-of-state commerce with the 1995 ban.

The ban “operates to block anyone in a position to compete with Texans in the retail liquor market from doing so,” Walmart argued in its unsuccessful appeal.

Texas said the law is a legitimate effort to make alcohol less accessible by preventing large corporations from using their economies of scale to reduce prices and increase the number of liquor outlets. State law doesn’t preclude public companies from selling beer and wine.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2020/11/23/us-supreme-court-rejects-walmarts-bid-to-sell-liquor-at-its-texas-stores/
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