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Should you want to take a break from the sun and surf, you can visit Ripley's Aquarium. (©Myrtle Beach Area CVB) Should you want to take a break from the sun and surf, you can visit Ripley's Aquarium. (©Myrtle Beach Area CVB)
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    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:25:56 GMT
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom.That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit drilling.The Laborers' International Union, or LIUNA, says that construction work its members do on large pipeline jobs in Pennsylvania and ...More >>
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom.That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit drilling.The Laborers' International Union, or LIUNA, says that construction work its members do on large pipeline jobs in Pennsylvania and ...More >>
  • Ohio hog farms hit by disease that kills baby pigs

    Ohio hog farms hit by disease that kills baby pigs

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:22:01 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Hog farms in Ohio are reporting cases of a relatively new disease that kills newborn pigs.The state's agriculture department says it has recorded a couple hundred confirmed cases of the virus across Ohio.The disease first found a year ago causes baby pigs to become dehydrated and die.Severe strains of the virus can wipe out a farm's entire supply of baby pigs.The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said the die-off has had a hand in shrinking the nation's pig herd by 3...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Hog farms in Ohio are reporting cases of a relatively new disease that kills newborn pigs.The state's agriculture department says it has recorded a couple hundred confirmed cases of the virus across Ohio.The disease first found a year ago causes baby pigs to become dehydrated and die.Severe strains of the virus can wipe out a farm's entire supply of baby pigs.The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said the die-off has had a hand in shrinking the nation's pig herd by 3...More >>
  • Gender gap under Ohio governor nearly $10 an hour

    Gender gap under Ohio governor nearly $10 an hour

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:13:55 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper investigation has found the average pay gap between men and women in the offices of four of Ohio's five elected statewide officials has grown to almost $10 an hour, as it's shrunk to under a dollar across the rest of state government.The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1jWcGS7 ) women working in Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) office earn $9.81-an-hour less, on average, than men. That's the highest gender pay gap among statewide officeholders...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper investigation has found the average pay gap between men and women in the offices of four of Ohio's five elected statewide officials has grown to almost $10 an hour, as it's shrunk to under a dollar across the rest of state government.The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1jWcGS7 ) women working in Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) office earn $9.81-an-hour less, on average, than men. That's the highest gender pay gap among statewide officeholders...More >>

One of the top vacation destinations along the East Coast, the Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand area stretches 60 miles from the South Carolina state line at Little River south to Georgetown.

Only 98 miles north of Charleston, the population might easily exceed half a million people on a summer day. The Grand Strand annually hosts as many as 14 million visitors, who also come for shopping, golfing, sightseeing, and live theater. Myrtle Beach has grown into a year-round destination -- the Travel Channel has voted it the "Best Family Beach" -- and South Carolina ranks second only to Florida as a destination.

Named for its abundance of crape myrtle trees, Myrtle Beach is the largest beach resort along the Grand Strand, with the greatest number of attractions, entertainment facilities, and restaurants. The tone is that of a family resort, and many hotels provide programs and diversions for children.

Boating and all the other watersports rank tops among things to do. Fishing is first-rate, whether you cast your line from the surf (permitted all along the beach), a public pier, or a "head boat," charter boats that are available at marinas up and down the Strand.

You can swing a golf club at any of 120 courses. Most motels and hotels offer guest-membership privileges, entitling their guests to packages or reduced greens fees. High season for golf is from February to November. There are also more than 200 public and private tennis courts along the Grand Strand.

Many North European tour groups are coming to the Grand Strand for its un-self-conscious charm and good value. While environmentalists are concerned that the development puts the region's natural beauty at risk -- and longtime promoters fear that Myrtle Beach's family-friendly atmosphere may be threatened -- corporate entrepreneurs continue pouring money into the area's popular attractions.

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