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Perdue calls for tax on medical providers

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue renewed his call from last year for a 1.6 percent tax on medical providers and insurance companies today in testimony before a joint meeting of the legislative budget committees. He said he faced the choice of either imposing the tax or cutting by 16 percent what medica...

01/19/10 - 2:53pm

Accident between train and truck snarls traffic in Thomson

A crash between a train and a dump truck has traffic snarled for an indefinite period of time in downtown Thomson Tuesday afternoon.

01/19/10 - 2:36pm

SC considers fewer school days

COLUMBIA — A shorter school year, less end-of-year testing and requiring fewer credits to graduate are among ways South Carolina legislators could further cut education. Members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee crafting the education budget said today legislators should seriously conside...

01/19/10 - 2:39pm

Definition of 'murder' before Georgia's Supreme Court

ATLANTA — Georgia prosecutors are challenging a 29-year-old decision that bans the state from pursuing murder charges against some crime suspects. Cobb County prosecutors asked the Georgia Supreme Court today to overturn a ruling that barred authorities from pressing murder charges against a c...

01/19/10 - 2:05pm

Augusta man arrested after infant son shaken

An Augusta man was arrested Monday after deputies said he violently shook his 3-month-old son. Corduray Keith Scott, 22, of 1814 Fayetteville Drive, is charged with first-degree cruelty to children, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Peebles. An ambulance brought the baby to Uni...

01/19/10 - 5:48pm

Thieves get $25,000 from Richmond tax office break-in

The amount keeps rising as officials at the office continue to count receipts, Richmond County Sheriff Lt. Tony Walden said this afternoon.

01/29/10 - 8:34am

Heart attack killed man in morning wreck near Evans High

An autopsy this afternoon determined that a heart attack killed an Evans man whose vehicle crashed into a utility pole. Blair LeBlanc, 74, of 4560 Mulberry Creek Drive, was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at Doctors Hospital about 6:30 a.m., said Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Ga...

01/19/10 - 7:18pm

Richmond schools off today

Richmond County schools will be closed today as teachers take a furlough day. Originally, Tuesday had been set aside as a professional development day, and students would have been off for that reason as well. In October, the school board agreed to allow teachers to instead take the day off to acco...

01/19/10 - 6:16am

Advocacy group ranks UGA last in minority student efforts

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia ranks last among America's 50 flagship universities in the percentage of minority and poor high school graduates it enrolls, an advocacy group says. Nearly 40 percent of Georgia students who graduated high school in 2007 were minorities - blacks, Hispani...

01/19/10 - 6:04am

Morris Publishing files Chapter 11

Augusta-based Morris Publishing Group, the owner of 13 daily newspapers, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Georgia. The publishing company, which operates The Augusta Chronicle, last week reported that it intended to file a prepackaged bankr...

01/19/10 - 2:42am

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