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Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

South Carolina settles special education funding fight

The state Department of Education will distribute $51 million to school districts to settle a dispute with the federal government over recession-era budget cuts.
By Seanna Adcox

Court sees video of confession in 2014 death at church

A pre-trial hearing was held Thursday for a Florida man charged with the shooting death of William "Bill" DaVitte in a Martinez church parking lot in 2014.
By Abbigail Lennon

Apple sends update after iPhone spyware targets activist

Hidden behind a link texted to an activist in the United Arab Emirates was a highly targeted form of spyware crafted to take advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Ap­ple's mobile ...
By Raphael Satter and Daniella Cheslow

First self-driving taxis start work in Singapore

Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. The service is starting small - six ...
By Annabelle Liang and Dee-Ann Durbin

Jury rules GM ignition switch not to blame in fatal crash

HOUSTON - A Texas jury on Thursday found that a General Motors ignition switch was not to blame for a 2011 accident that killed one driver and injured another, handing the carmaker its third ...
By Juan A. Lozano

Subway employee will not face charges, police say

A Gordon Highway Subway employee will not face charges for defending her 14-year-old son.
By Doug Stutsman

Funeral date set for Waynesboro mayor

The funeral for Waynesboro Mayor Pauline Jenkins will take place Sept. 3 at Burke County High School.
By Doug Stutsman

Docs ask feds to probe use of live animals at USC med school

COLUMBIA - The emergency-medicine training program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine violates federal law by using live animals.
By Meg Kinnard

Man accused of firing gun at cop during traffic stop

DECATUR, Ga. - Authorities say a Georgia man has been arrested after he fired at gun at a suburban Atlanta police officer during a traffic stop.

Students invited to learn about military academies

Saturday's event at Augusta University targets District 12 students in eighth through 12th grades and is designed to provide information about military service academies and the educational and ...
By Doug Stutsman

Authorities considering charges in park vandalism

Officials are assessing damage caused by someone spinning their tires at Blanchard Woods Park to determine if charges will be filed.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Rants & Raves

I wanted to thank Columbia County for the inadequate enforcement of the silt screens for the DOT and projects on Washington Road. They have allowed red clay and silt to fill in the upper end of ...

Ga. man who threw boiled water on gay men gets 40 years

ATLANTA - A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Wednesday for throwing boiled water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.
By Kate Brumback

Tornadoes hit central Indiana, but no serious injuries reported

INDIANAPOLIS - No serious injuries were reported after multiple tornadoes touched down Wednesday in central Indiana, tearing the roofs off apartment buildings, sending air conditioners falling ...
By Ken Kusmer

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

Bond granted for suspect in teen's death

Brodrick Merritt, 34, is charged with murder in the April shooting of 16-year-old Malik Miles.
By Sandy Hodson

Trial on Mercy Ministries rooming house delayed

Chief Magistrate Judge Wil­liam D. Jennings said Wednesday that he agreed to a continuance sought by Freddie Sanders, the attorney for Mercy Ministries, to allow city agencies to look at ...
By Susan McCord

Where You Live

Crews work to deconstruct the last portion of the old Price-Legg Bridge on the Little River. The new bridge is nearly 30 feet taller than the old green Price-Legg Bridge.
By Abbigail Lennon

New dorms unveiled at Augusta University

With more than 150 guests in attendance, Oak Hall and Elm Hall were officially unveiled to the public Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Augusta University's Health Sciences campus.
By Doug Stutsman

Trinity CME Church demolition on hold

The future of historic Trinity CME Church in Augusta remains uncertain as Atlanta Gas Light has again delayed plans to demolish the church to receive more input from stakeholders.
By Susan McCord
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Arraignment coming Tuesday in Irish Travelers case
A total of 22 people - 20 identified as Travelers and two from Augusta - face racketeering charges under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.