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Ga. senator unveils homebuyer tax credit

ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has introduced legislation to expand the first-time homebuyer tax credit. The bill would boost the maximum amount of the credit from $8,000 to $15,000 and make all home buyers — not just first-time purchasers — eligible. The legislation also would ...

06/11/09 - 7:17am

New coliseum panel members sworn in today

An oath of office ceremony was held at 9:45 this morning for new coliseum authority members and the new chairman. Cedric Johnson, Shirley M. Darby, Louis C. Harris Jr. and David Hogg were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet....

01/20/10 - 10:08pm

Georgia unemployment claims up, but slowing

ATLANTA — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Georgia continued to increase in May, though at a slower rate. Georgia Department of Labor officials reported today a 68 percent increase in claims compared to the year-ago period. Last month, claims were up 63.4 percent from April 200...

06/11/09 - 9:22am

Savannah bishop marks 50 years as priest

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The bishop of the Diocese of Savannah is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Catholic priest. Bishop J. Kevin Boland has spent his entire half-century in the priesthood in Savannah, where he arrived from his native Ireland in 1959. Savannah Catholics atten...

06/11/09 - 6:59am

Autopsy planned in drowning

An autopsy is planned today in the death of a 3-year-old Augusta boy drowned Wednesday in a friend’s pool. Carson Shipley, of Patterson Bridge Road, was found dead at a home in the 3000 block of Storey Drive, according to Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen. The death is considere...

06/11/09 - 6:49am

Advance voting continues today

Advance voting continues today for the Richmond County special purpose local option sales tax issue. As of Wednesday, 1,450 people have cast early votes in the referendum on a proposed $184.7 million package, according to the Richmond County Board of Elections. Voting is being held from 8:30 a.m. ...

06/11/09 - 6:46am

Child, 3, drowns in pool

A 3-year-old Augusta boy drowned today in his friend’s pool. Carson Shipley, of Patterson Bridge Road, was found dead at a home in the 3000 block of Storey Drive, according to Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen. The death is considered an accident and authorities will be conducti...

06/10/09 - 11:17pm

Ex-Brave drives in two runs

ATLANTA – Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, Jeff Karstens pitched well in his new role and Craig Monroe pulled off some nifty baserunning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Atlanta Braves 3-2 tonight. Charlie Morton was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to start against his former team, ...

06/10/09 - 10:29pm

Augusta blanked on three hits

CHARLESTON, S.C. - David Phelps and Pat Venditte combined on a three-hit shutout as the Charleston RiverDogs beat the Augusta GreenJackets 2-0 tonight in a South Atlantic League game. Phelps (6-1) allowed all three hits and struck out five in eight innings. Venditte pitched the ninth to earn his 20...

06/10/09 - 9:38pm

Four Georgia schools probed for test score cheating

ATLANTA — State education officials are investigating whether students, teachers or someone else changed answers on more than 100 standardized tests at four different Georgia elementary schools. Officials said today that the schools' test scores were improved significantly by the changes,...

06/10/09 - 9:35pm

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3 top picks to replace Russell named

Janice Allen Jackson, Stephen Layson and Oscar Rodriguez are Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver's top picks to replace Fred Russell as city administrator.
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