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Barnette: SC deserves a DUI law that works

BY BARRY BARNETTE, Guest Columnist, The State On a regular basis, accused drunk drivers are being acquitted of what easily can become a deadly crime. In 2013, 44 percent of the traffic fatalities in our state occurred as a result of people driving after overindulging in alcohol or drugs. That’s 335 people killed needlessly, a sad… Read More »

FAA approves eight drone requests

By Alton K. March, AOPA Eight more requests to operate drones (sorry, unmanned aircraft systems) have been granted by the FAA, although UAS must be operated by a pilot with a minimum of a private pilot certificate and current medical plus a second person, an observer who can sound the alarm about errant UAS. The… Read More »

Dashcam captures moment TransAsia plane hits bridge, crashes in Taipei

By Euan McKirdy and Vivian Kam, CNN Dramatic dashboard video shows the moment an out-of-control plane clips an aerial highway before crashing into a river in Taiwan. Thirteen people are confirmed dead and dozens remain missing after the TransAsia Airways ATR-72, carrying 58 people, veered out of control en route from Taipei to Kinmen, off… Read More »

Local stabbing cases may shape ‘stand your ground’ defense

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier If A’Kara Edwards knew what would happen next, she probably wouldn’t have gone outside with a butcher knife. She wouldn’t have confronted her boyfriend as he beat on her car with a hammer during a drunken outburst. She would have called North Charleston police instead. “I wouldn’t be… Read More »

Obama: U.S. Needs Rules for Commercial Drones

By JACK NICAS, The Wall Street Journal A day after a consumer drone landed on the White House grounds, President Barak Obama said the U.S. needs regulations to ensure unmanned aircraft “aren’t dangerous and that they’re not violating people’s privacy.” Mr. Obama said that while nonmilitary drones have a range of “incredibly useful functions,” from farming to… Read More »

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

By  Elizabeth A. Tennyson, AOPA A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2. The new policy closely follows draft guidelines released in April  2014 and will not disqualify pilots from receiving a medical certificate based solely on body mass index… Read More »

Government Employee Crashes Small Drone at White House

WASHINGTON — The small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn of the White House early Monday morning was operated by a government employee who has told the Secret Service that he did not mean to fly it over the White House fence or near the president’s residence, according to law enforcement officials. The… Read More »

Is South Carolina national capital for drunken driving?

By Dave Munday, The Post and Courier Is South Carolina really the worst in the nation for drunken driving? The question was raised a few weeks ago when figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the Palmetto State is No. 1 in the percentage of deaths caused by drunken drivers. In South… Read More »

Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt charged with DUI, leaving scene of wreck

By Andy Paras, The Post and Courier Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt was arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol this morning and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a wreck involving injury. Troopers responded to a hit and run at Red Bank Road and Henry E. Brown Boulevard at 5:50 a.m., Highway… Read More »

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 with 162 on board goes missing on way to Singapore

By Jethro Mullen and Susanna Capelouto, CNN  An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control early Sunday, gripping Southeast Asia with a second missing plane crisis in less than a year. The search operation for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been halted for the night, but big ships… Read More »