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Bills would ban texting while driving in Georgia

ATLANTA — Two Georgia lawmakers are proposing a ban on texting behind the wheel that could make the practice illegal for all drivers.

01/19/10 - 8:40pm

Richmond schools seek to boost size of some classes

Richmond County school board members gave final approval tonight to seek a state waiver on the maximum class size for elementary grades and for those taking English as a second language. The move, which must now be approved by the state Department of Education, would raise the maximum by two more p...

01/19/10 - 10:22pm

Flu shots offered Wednesday, Thursday

Those wanting to get vaccinated against the pandemic influenza A H1N1 virus will get another shot at it Wednesday and Thursday, the East Central Health District said. Vaccine will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at T. Harry Garrett and Southside elementary schools. A clinic will be h...

01/19/10 - 7:14pm

Animal services director demoted

The Augusta City Commission has voted 7-2, Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason and Joe Bowles dissenting, to demote Animal Services Director Diane Downs. Effective today, she will become an administrative assistant in Animal Services, her salary reduced from $57,728 to $49,069. Mason said he voted no becaus...

01/19/10 - 6:29pm

Brush fire in Edgefield County

EDGEFIELD – Emergency crews are attempting to put out a brush fire off of U.S. Highway 25 this afternoon. The fire started about 3:30 p.m. at 1500 block of Stephens Road, which intersects with U.S. Highway 25, said an Edgefield County 911 dispatcher. Countyline and Merriwether Fire department...

01/19/10 - 5:29pm

Lost in Augusta?

Does your GPS unit tell you to turn right when you should turn left? Is there a spot in the Augusta area that online maps leave off? We’re looking for your encounters with GPS black holes and online directions frustration. Leave your comment here, or contact Sarah Day Owen at (706) 823-3223 or...

01/19/10 - 5:23pm

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
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