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Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Chris Niehus uses a laser site to check the speed of oncoming traffic. The "slow poke" law went into effect in Georgia the first of July.

Police ease way into 'slowpoke' law

Law enforcement officers are putting more emphasis on educating motorists of Georgia's "slowpoke" law instead of issuing citations, officials said.
By Travis Highfield

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes for the past week included 79 assaults. The most assaults, 13, occurred on July 18. Other violent crime during the week included seven robberies.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings July 21-28

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center July 21-28.

SLIDESHOW: James Brown - The Godfather of Soul

World-renowned music star James Brown called the Augusta-area home his entire life. Born in Augusta and maintaining a home in Beech Island, S.C. until his death on Christmas Day in 2006, Brown maintained a business presence in Augusta while managing a steady international touring schedule.

Kirby's Augusta

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Commission still might raise taxes

Augusta commissioners appear headed to a possible compromise on a property tax increase after defeating a $9 million increase at a called meeting Monday. 
By Susan McCord

Gander Mountain opening in September

Hiring is underway for the new Gander Mountain outdoors store in anticipation of a Sept. 23 grand opening.
By Jenna Martin

Theater apologizes for movie scenes

Regal Entertainment Group said Tuesday the company is evaluating complaints its Augusta theater showed scenes from the film "Sex Tape" instead of a children's movie.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Sheriff's office program gives youths hands-on policing experience

The Police Exploring program, which is part of the Boy Scouts of America, takes youths ages 16 to 20 with no criminal record and a good standing in school and introduces them to life in law ...

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

CHICAGO - The NCAA agreed Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward, but ...

Editorial: Fixing a bad decision

Instead of using the judicial system to unnecessarily rip a parent and child apart, exercise common sense to keep them together.

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