Local Update - February 8, 2008

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

Dozens Injured in Explosion

18 people are recovering in Augusta at the burn center in Doctor's Hospital after a massive explosion at a sugar plant in Savannah.Those 18 are in critical condition. It happened around 7 Thursday night at the Imperial Sugar Refinery. As many as 100 people are injured. The Augusta burn center at Doctor's hospital has sent one burn specialist and 3 physician assistants to Savannah to help. There's no word of any fatalities. Crews will search the river for any possible victims.

Help for Small Businesses

For small businesses it can be tough to provide health insurance for your employees, but the South Carolina government is trying to help. A bill is now on its way to the governor's desk that would allow a group of at least 10 small businesses to join together and negotiate cheaper insurance rates. A spokesman for Governor Mark Sanford says he plans to sign the bill into law. Current state law allows businesses to join together for health insurance -- but sets a minimum of a thousand total employees. The new law does not set a minimum number.

More Bomb Threat Arrests

Yet another teenager is facing charges for making school bomb threat calls. Richmond County deputies tell news 12 they have linked a 14-year-old from Glenn Hills Middle School to 3 calls on 2 separate days.School leaders have had to evacuate the school after each of the threats.

Neighborhood Shoot-Out

One family's home is covered in bullet holes, and the man who may be responsible for them is now in jail. This comes after a neighborhood shoot-out. It happened in the Underwood Homes Housing project Thursday. Investigators say the suspect shot about a dozen bullets. They arrested Warren Mayo for reckless conduct. He says he shot in self-defense. Investigators are looking for 3 other men involved in the shooting.


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