Being a farmer is hard enough. But imagine trying to figure out on the fly how to cultivate a crop not legally grown in South Carolina since at least World War II and bankrolling the experiment yourself with no ability to get insurance in case it flops. That's what it's like to grow hemp in this inaugural year of South Carolina's pilot program.

With an impact on South Carolina, commissioners decided Duke Energy could recover the $480 million it paid for planning, licensing, financing and other costs for its proposed Lee nuclear plant in Cherokee County.