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Headline Roundup: SC DSS Review Shows Heavy Caseloads, High Turnover; More

A review of South Carolina's Department of Social Services shows heavy caseloads and high turnover among child welfare case workers. That's according to an Associated Press review of documents obtained from a public records request.

State senators looking into DSS say the agency should quickly add more child welfare caseworkers. 

DSS is expected to release the full audit and a plan to address the problem tomorrow. 

NC Eugenics Victims Will Soon Get Compensation
Victims of North Carolina’s defunct eugenics program will soon get compensation payments from the state. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the state’s Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims says it will start sending payments at the end of this month. The state has started notifying people who have qualified for compensation.

The state legislature last year set aside $10 million to be divided equally among victims of the sterilization program. From 1929 to 1974, North Carolina sterilized about 7,600 people, many against their will.

The Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims says 213 people have qualified for payments. The state is in the process of reviewing even hundred eighty six applications.

Fire Destroyed Moore County Hog Farm
The owners of a Moore County hog farm are cleaning up after a fire destroyed a building and killed more than 4,000 hogs. The fire started around 11:00 last night at the N.G. Purvis Farm in Robbins. Firefighters wiere on the scene for four hours to prevent flames from spreading to adjacent buildings. 

The hogs that were killed were reportedly worth $400,000. The destroyed building is valued at $600,000. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Statesville Off-Road Vehicles Company Barred From Doing Business
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has temporarily barred a Statesville off-road vehicles company from doing business. The order also prevents Mooser Moto LLC, doing business as Riders Wholesale, from advertising, destroying records, or transferring assets.

Cooper says the company took full payment or large deposits for ATV and scooters and routinely didn’t deliver the vehicles as promised. The attorney general’s office has received 140 complaints against Mooser Motor.

NC Board Of Education Approves Ten Point Grading Scale
The state Board of Education has approved a new grading scale for students who start high school next fall in North Carolina. Today’s decision changes the state’s grading system from a 7-point per letter standard to 10-points per letter grade. Under the new system, an A is anything 90 or higher, a B, 80 or higher, and so on. That makes a failing grade anything below 60. Under the old system, 70 was passing.

Some of the state’s large school districts, including CMS, say the 10-point system would simplify grading. State Superintendent June Atkinson says the new system will make North Carolina’s grading system more consistent with other states.

Carolina Mudcats Become Part Of Braves Organization
Representatives from the Atlanta Braves are in the Triangle today to announce they’re becoming the parent club of the Carolina Mudcats. The Zebulon-based Mudcats’ previous parent club was the Cleveland Indians. The Braves were the parent club of the Durham Bulls until the team moved from Class A to Triple-A and affiliated with Tampa Bay.

B Of A's Moynihan Named Chairman
Bank of America will again have one person serving as both CEO and Chairman of the board. CEO Brian Moynihan was named B of A’s chairman yesterday.

Shareholders voted to separate the two roles in 2009 after fallout of the bank’s purchase of Merrill Lynch. The change makes B of A’s leadership more consistent with other large banks. But some watchdog groups say having a combined chairman and CEO gives one person too much power.