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Senate passes Obama's health care overhaul

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama's legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country's history. The 60-39 vote on a cold winter morning capped ...

12/24/09 - 10:34am

Georgia to get 1 of 15 broadband access grants

ATLANTA — The Commerce Department will award Georgia millions in federal funding for broadband mapping and planning. The state is among 15 getting the funds under the agency's state Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. The program is funded with stimulus funds and is intended to i...

12/24/09 - 7:04am

Churches celebrate the season with candlelight services on Christmas Eve

Looking for a house of worship for a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service? Here's a sampling of services in the Augusta area: CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES Trinity on the Hill UMC, 1330 Monte Sano Ave. includes: 5 p.m. Children's Service, Wesley Hall 7 p.m. Communion and Candlelight, Sanctuary ...

12/24/09 - 12:22pm

Authorities predict 34 holiday traffic deaths for Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia's highway safety office is warning people to stay safe on the roads this holiday season. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is predicting as many as 34 people could die in traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period. It...

12/24/09 - 7:26am

Strange wreck ends in jail time for Lincolnton man

DEARING, Ga. - As if taking a dead-end road wasn’t bad enough, a Lincolnton man’s troubles only got worse.

12/23/09 - 7:55pm

Condition improves for burned Hephzibah man

A Hephzibah man burned while trying to restore his disconnected electrical service Dec. 7 remains in Doctors Hospital, where his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Berry M. "Monty" Arrington was initially taken to Medical College of Geo...

12/23/09 - 3:34pm

Perdue wants attorney general to investigate health care deals

ATLANTA – Gov. Sonny Perdue is asking Georgia's attorney general to join seven of his colleagues from other states in investigating a political deal struck to pass a federal health care reform bill. In a letter, Perdue on Wednesday asked Thurbert Baker to probe the constitutionality of spe...

12/23/09 - 2:18pm

2 exposed to plutonium at SRS

Two Savannah River Site workers were discovered with traces of plutonium 238 on their clothing in November, but followup monitoring concluded they received no internal exposure. “In this case, the two people had contamination on their clothing, but not on themselves,” said Will Callicott,...

12/23/09 - 1:58pm

Man beaten up by correctional officers, family claims

A man who was AWOL from a Savannah work release program for a month is claiming that correctional officials beat him up when they tracked him down in Augusta. A state Department of Corrections spokeswoman said John Charles Horn Jr., was arrested without incident last week but could not comment on a...

12/23/09 - 2:12pm

Aiken authorities release sketch of robbery suspect

They believe the man entered the Check-N-Go in the 1700 block of Richland Avenue last Thursday around 8 a.m., showed a handgun and demanded money.

12/23/09 - 2:10pm
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