Vince Kolb-Lugo

Reporter

Vince Kolb-Lugo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Florida State University, where he worked at WVFS, Tallahassee. He has traveled to Europe, Africa, South America, and stepped foot in Asia. Vince lived, worked, and traveled throughout Spain for a couple of years before moving back to the states. In his free time Vince enjoys being active, reading, cooking, and occasionally binge-watching great shows. Loves Car Talk, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!, Serial, and NatureNotes.  He also plays tennis and ping pong, reads, and is writing the next great American novel. 

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Dr. Hossein Haj-Hariri, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina.
USC College of Engineering and Computing

Technology Giant Siemens Corporation announced recently a technology grant worth nearly $630 million to the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing. Officials say the grant provides computers, robotics, and software licensing as well as hardware to develop a “digital factory innovation lab” where students will model and test systems they may work on in the future. USC President Harris Pastides says students will graduate prepared for the high-tech jobs in the worldwide economy.

Construction workers elevate a house on Lake Katherine in Columbia that was heavily damaged in October’s flood.(File photo)
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

Eight months after hurricane Joaquin dumped more than 24 inches of rain on South Carolina, homeowners are still in the process of rebuilding. For homeowners in a flood plain, it means elevating their home or demolishing it. South Carolina Public Radio reached out to Ali Khan, the flood plain manager for the City of Columbia in Richland County, to help explain what new National Flood Insurance Program regulations mean for residents located within the city limits.

The berms in the picture above stand almost 30 ft. at points, and disconnect the creek from its historic flood plain. Ordinarily, water would break the bank and go into the flood plain. In its current form, water is forced down the channel where it picks
Vince Kolb-Lugo/SC Public Radio

In northeast Columbia, a stream is no longer doing what it should be. Years of development have transformed Little Jackson Creek from a meandering stream to a channelized chute disconnected from its historic flood plain. Richland County is in the process of restoring the creek and ten acres of surrounding wetlands. Once complete, the project will contribute to flood abatement and improve water quality.

PASOs logo
Courtesy scpasos.org

As the recovery from last October’s floods continues, long-term recovery groups have been struggling to reach one particular segment of the population: non-English speakers. In South Carolina, non-English speakers tend to be Latinos, who make up the largest growing demographic.

SC VOADs can muck, gut, and dry-out an owner-occupied home for about $1,000.
Vincent Kolb-Lubo/SC Public Radio

    South Carolina volunteer organizations active in disaster (VOAD)  have been concerned from the beginning with the dangers and extent of mold.

South Carolina Public Radio’s Vince Kolb-Lugo spoke with two SC VOADs about what they are doing to help low-income homeowners get back into their homes.

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Standing water in Colleton County.
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

Uncharacteristically warm weather, an historic rainfall event, and persistent standing water had Calhoun and Charleston counties scrambling to keep mosquitoes under control as late as December of 2015. So how are they fairing now as mosquito larva begin to hatch in the spring of 2016?