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Georgia drivers will pay more beginning today as gasoline sales tax is converted to a per-gallon basis and raised 6 cents per gallon. Also electric car owners will see a $200 yearly fee.

New state laws take effect today

Many new Georgia laws take effect Wednesday, offering the Peach State less zoom and more boom. The zoom might go down as Georgia motorists pay more at the gas pump. The boom might be most evident July Fourth.
By Walter C. Jones

When and where to celebrate

Looking for fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday weekend? Find out where to see the shows in our complete guide.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings June 22-29

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center June 22-29.

Video: Kirby's Augusta

Ga. sues over EPA water rule

ATLANTA - Georgia property owners are losing access to their land due to overreaching by federal agencies, according to a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Sam Olens.
By Walter C. Jones

5 charged in credit card scams

Five people from outside the Augusta area have been arrested and more are being sought in a credit card cloning scheme that has been affecting Aiken, Richmond and Columbia County residents since May.

Weekly Crime Map

Richmond County | Columbia County


United States tops Germany in semifinals

MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

Editorial: A question worth asking

If the states had gotten out of the marriage business long ago, the dispute over a legal right to gay marriage might not have arisen.

Georgia top clean energy job creator

Georgia's booming solar industry led to its rank as the No. 1 job creator in the clean energy industry during the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released Tuesday.
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