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Army charges single mom who refused deployment

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Army has filed criminal charges against a single-mom soldier who refused to deploy to Afghanistan last year, arguing she had no family able to care for her infant son. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, a 21-year-old Army cook, could face a prison sentence and a dishonorable discharge...

01/14/10 - 8:54am

Georgia church deacon's wife gets 20 years for killing him

ROME, Ga. — The wife of a church deacon pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing of her husband and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, while her lover was given a life term without parole. Michelle Reynolds entered the plea on Wednesday in Floyd County Superior Court. Thad J...

01/14/10 - 8:36am

Athens Navy school commander fired

ATHENS, Ga. -- Navy leaders have fired the commander of the Navy Supply Corps School, citing a loss of confidence in his leadership ability. Capt. John Titus, who had led the Navy school since August 2008, was relieved from duty Friday, according to Ed Barker, a spokesman for the Naval Education an...

01/14/10 - 6:30am

Ga. woman burned in fire pit at party

Police are investigating whether an Athens, Ga., woman now in an Augusta burn hospital was pushed or fell into a fire pit at a Tuesday night party. The intoxicated woman, whose name was not released, either fell or was pushed deliberately into a fire pit while drinking with a group of people outsi...

01/14/10 - 6:24am

Brake manufacturer bringing 280 jobs to SC

COLUMBIA — A company that makes brakes for General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Nissan plans to add about 280 jobs at a South Carolina plant. The State newspaper reported today that Japanese-based Akebono Brake Corp. is consolidating some of its business in Lexington County. Akebono spokesman Bra...

01/14/10 - 6:13am

Early voting continues for state Senate runoff

Early voting for a runoff election to fill the vacant state senate District 22 seat continues. Voters can cast their ballots early through Jan. 29 at the Board of Elections office at 530 Greene St. Polling hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Jan 22. The final week voting hours will b...

01/14/10 - 6:01am

Judge Kaye Hearn to be sworn in; 2nd woman on SC high court

COLUMBIA — South Carolina's highest court is set to receive its second female member. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Kaye Hearn is being sworn in today as the newest justice on the state Supreme Court. Hearn was the only person on the ballot when state House and Senate members voted her in ...

01/14/10 - 5:56am

Ga. jobless numbers expected to rise on Friday announcement

ATLANTA -- State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond expects Georgia will see a "significant" increase in its unemployment rate when new figures are released this Friday. Thurmond made the comment to the online political newsletter InsiderAdvantage moments before he gave the Democratic Party's ...

01/14/10 - 5:42am

Lawmaker proposes ethics reform

ATLANTA — A Democratic lawmaker is unveiling an ethics proposal that would have the state Supreme Court — not state political leaders — appoint members of the state Ethics Commission. State Rep. Rob Teilhet said he will introduce legislation on today that would put the state Ethics C...

01/14/10 - 5:34am

Old law helps new campaign for Roy Barnes in governor's race

Roy Barnes backed a 2000 law that let him raise almost an additional $1.6 million more last year for his ongoing campaign for governor. The measure lifted the old lid of $1,000 on contributions in non-election years; it's now $6,100 per election, regardless of the year. The former Democratic g...

01/14/10 - 5:26am

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