Singer clears 'American Idol' hurdle

On Thursday, Augusta singer and musician Miranda Pokrzywinski could officially say the four words her family and friends had waited to hear: "I'm going to Hollywood!"
By Wesley Brown

Vogtle reactors delayed 18 months

The contractor consortium building two nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle has announced an 18-month delay to complete the expansion project, according to a document filed Thursday.
By Meg Mirshak

Verdict split in GRU shooting case

Keith James, who was shot at by Georgia Regents University Police Officer Wesley Martin, was acquitted Thursday of the two most serious charges he faced - aggravated assault on a police officer and theft. 
By Sandy Hodson

City's youth initiative gets underway

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis' effort to help the city's young people got under way Thursday with a brainstorming session at Richmond County TechnicalCareer Magnet School.
By Susan McCord

Jury selected in trial of officer's slaying

A jury panel of three men and nine women was sworn in Thursday in the murder trial of Stephon Carter, who is facing the death penalty in the 2011 fatal shooting of Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson.
By Tracey McManus

Molester to spend life in prison

A jury convicted an Augusta man Thursday of repeated sexual assaults against a 6-year-old girl. He will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes.
By Sandy Hodson

Allen has hometown swearing-in

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen returned home to Augusta on Thursday for a ceremonial swearing-in, a platform he used to update his top priorities for his first term in Congress.
By Wesley Brown

Officials stop apparent cell tower work

City officials put the brakes on apparent preparatory work for a new cell phone tower at the corner of Walton Way and Baker Avenue after determining the tower had none of the proper permits.
By Susan McCord

Man pleads guilty in 2001 killing

Marquise C. Redfield, 40, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in the July 23, 2001, death of James "JT" Mills, 30.
By Sandy Hodson

Airport board selects chairman

Augusta Regional Airport's governing board selected a new chairman and welcomed the airport's new executive director Thursday.
By Meg Mirshak

Man arrested after police chase

A Beech Island man is facing charges after leading Richmond County deputies on a two-state chase Wednesday night that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Rants & Raves

I can't believe the Patriots had to cheat to annihilate a lackluster team with a second-rate quarterback like the Colts. Sour grapes.

MLK children work to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA - The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are trying to settle a lawsuit over their father's traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial, according to a judge's order.
By Kate Brumback

Kirby: Flu season is the only season in town

There is an etiquette to having, and spreading, the flu during this time of year.
By Bill Kirby

Suit says DeKalb court practices unjustly target the poor

ATLANTA - A metro Atlanta county unfairly targets the poor by throwing them in jail for failure to pay court fines without considering ability to pay or alternatives to incarceration, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
By Kate Brumback

Haley creates committee to study domestic violence

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday created another task force charged with finding a way to stem South Carolina's generational cycles of domestic abuse, on the heels of legislators advancing their own proposals.
By Seanna Adcox

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. — Police say a woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head and fatally shot him as he tried to run away.
By Jeffrey Collins

Graham makes move toward presidential run

WASHINGTON - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday said he has set up a committee to explore running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

GOP legislators to introduce medical marijuana bills

COLUMBIA - Repub­lican legislators in conservative South Carolina expect to introduce bills next month allowing marijuana to be grown and prescribed for certain illnesses.
By Seanna Adcox

Boss ordered records destroyed, court told

ATLANTA - A former human resources director testified Thursday that then- Superintendent Beverly Hall ordered drafts of a report on an investigation into cheating allegations to be destroyed.
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450 Ft. Gordon soldiers head south

Fort Stewart will gain about 450 soldiers this summer when a signal battalion moves from Augusta to the installation near Savannah, Army officials announced Friday.
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