CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A new year means new laws across the Carolinas. One that went into effect Tuesday in South Carolina will help keep some money in your bank account. If you saved receipts from the gas pump, you can now get some of that money back when you file your state income tax.
South Carolina is known for having some of the lowest gas prices in the country. While that's still true, there has been a slight increase at the pump. But here's the thing, you can now earn some of that money back. Starting January 1, the gas tax rebate goes into effect.
All you need is your gas receipts from 2018 and a new I-385 tax form from the state department of revenue. Just fill out the information, and if everything checks out, you'll get a refund.
Seven people, including five children, were rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a house fire in east Charlotte Wednesday morning.
Charlotte Fire responded to a reported fire in the 1900 block of Academy Street, about a half-mile from Garinger High School, around 1 a.m. It took a team of 30 firefighters around 30 minutes to get the fire under control.
Charlotte Fire said of the eight people inside the home, four were able to get out of the house on their own. Medic said the injuries suffered by those inside were a mixture of burns and smoke inhalation.
Under a new federal rule, hospitals will soon be required to post a list of their standard patient charges online.
The move is meant to increase price transparency and encourage patients to become better-educated decision makers when it comes to their own care, according to Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
For example, Orange Park Medical Center in Florida charges $82,966 to treat a headache without major complications, according to a report.
Hospitals are already required to have a public list of their standard charges, but the latest change would make hospitals put that information online in machine-readable format that can be easily processed by computers.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger, who was ousted from office in the May GOP primary, said he will not run again if a redo of the North Carolina's 9th district election is ordered.
In a statement, Pittenger said, “Regardless of the determination of the evidentiary hearing, I will not be a candidate in a possible primary election.”
Republican Mark Harris who beat Pittenger and then went on to win the November election, said he's planning to meet later this week with members of the state board of elections to answer questions about suspected absentee ballot fraud in Bladen and Robeson counties.
One ticket for the $425 million jackpot in the New Year's Day Mega Millions drawing was sold in New York, the lottery said on its website Wednesday morning.
The winning numbers in Tuesday evening’s drawing are 34, 44, 57, 62 and 70. The mega ball was 14.
Six tickets had all five white numbers correct, which paid out $1 million. Three of those were sold in New York and one each was sold in Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. There was also a $1 million ticket in Pennsylvania, but that ticket also had the Megaplier (4X), so the winner gets $4 million.