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Mike Hopkins, of Covington, Ga., cries while talking about losing two of his children to medical conditions. The medical marijuana bill becomes law when Gov. Deal signs it after at the end of the legislative session.

Deal orders states to prepare for marijuana bill enactment

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill.
By Bill Hendrick

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Girl's death among 500 in one year in community care

WRENS, Ga. — Christen Shermaine Hope Gordon was one of 500 patients in 2013 who died in community care while under the watch of the state of Georgia. 

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes during the week included 77 assaults, only one of which was classified as an aggravated assault. The most assaults, 17, occurred on March 21. Other violent crime included five robberies and one kidnapping.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings March 16-23

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center March 16-23.

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Philanthropy group awards grants

Nine grants, totalling $132,800, were awarded by Women in Philanthropy to organizations that provide services to women and children.
By Lisa Kaylor

Law enforcement agencies closing racial gap

Recent employment figures show the racial gap between area law enforcement agencies and the communities in which they serve continues to shrink.
By Travis Highfield

Jimmy Orr remembers his hole-in-one at Augusta National

Leaning on a bookshelf in Jimmy Orr's two-story townhouse is a shadowbox from the Augusta National Golf Club celebrating his hole-in-one on No. 12.
By Doug Stutsman

Richmond County schools add GPS bus tracking

Using the Zonar system, the school system hopes to compile data on route times to create more efficient routes and offer more security to more than 22,000 students and school system employees.
By Sean Gruber

Gamecock women edge Tar Heels

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16.

Editorial: Good 'Deal' for bad schools

Gov. Deal's proposal represents the first school-improvement plan in years that doesn't rely on shoveling tax dollars at the problem.
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