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Monday, July 7, 2014

City finances get clean bill of health after 'big' audit

Augusta city finances got a clean bill of health in results from an external audit that included a handful of "communications" about problem items.
By Susan McCord

Georgia planned ahead for federal shortfall

Georgia road planners acted ahead of federal transportation funding shortfalls to keep construction projects moving forward, unlike other states now faced with halting highway work.
By Meg Mirshak

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Firm promises Patch improvements

The company that took over management at Augusta Municipal Golf Course said it hopes to win back former members by making “slow and steady” progress at the city-owned course.
By Susan McCord

More officer-involved wrecks reported in 2014

Through the first five months of 2014, Richmond Coun­ty sheriff's deputies were involved in 68 accidents and were found at fault 38 times, according to documents provided by the city.
By Travis Highfield

AP Interview: Perdue, Kingston talk Common Core

Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO Da­vid Perdue discuss the academic standards that have prompted concerns over federal intrusion.
By Christina A. Cassidy

Friday, July 4, 2014

District 6 runoff could change face of commission

In a closely watched race, local activist Ben Hasan faces former Rich­mond County Re­pub­­lican Chairman Bob Finne­gan in the July 22 runoff to represent District 6 on the ...
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Turnout light so far in advance voting

Early voter turnout for July 22 runoffs has been slow so far but may pick up after voters return from July 4 vacations, say election officials.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Commission OKs $565,000 Municipal Building change

Augusta commissioners authorized $565,000 in change orders to ongoing renovations at the Municipal Building and restarted construction on the eighth and ninth floors.
By Susan McCord

ARC seeking tenants for former chamber building

Renovations are complete and Mayor Deke Copenhaver's Augusta Regional Collaboration Corp. is looking for groups to inhabit the former chamber building in the 600 Broad Street median.
By Susan McCord

Army cuts threaten Georgia jobs

A new Army report says Fort Gordon and Georgia could lose thousands of additional military jobs beyond current downsizing plans if Washington imposes future budget cuts.
By Russ Bynum

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guns still restricted, despite new law

Despite the passage of Georgia House Bill 60, armed Augustans still can't carry their weapons into the city municipal building, the courthouse or the sheriff's office.
By Susan McCord

Sheheen releases 2013 tax returns, calls on Haley to release more of hers

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Democratic nominee for governor released his 2013 tax returns Monday and again called on Gov. Nikki Haley to release more of hers.
By Seanna Adcox

VA whistleblowers allege retaliation

The Office of Special Counsel has four open retaliation cases in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs allege they were punished for reporting concerns.
By Wesley Brown

Can't make employers cover contraception, Supreme Court says

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law that they cover contraceptives for female employees.
By Mark Sherman

New Georgia laws begin Tuesday

ATLANTA - During the most recent legislative session 305 bills passed with Gov. Nathan Deal signing the vast majority of them into law. Many take effect Tuesday.
By Christina A. Cassidy

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Laws on guns, Medicaid effective Tuesday

ATLANTA - A large number of the 305 bills that passed during Georgia's most recent legislative session take effect Tuesday.
By Christina A. Cassidy

City Ink: Let's hope Pentagon took eyes off Augusta

Mayor Deke Copen­haver has on more than one occasion warned Augusta Commission members that they'd better be good because Cyber Command is coming to town, and the Pentagon is watching.
By Sylvia Cooper

Friday, June 27, 2014

Commission discusses tax increase

A 2-mill property tax increase for government operations and a new tax on manufacturers to fund law enforcement, transit and reduce blight might be on the horizon.
By Susan McCord

Carter's request for new Deal probe declined

ATLANTA - Attorney General Sam Olens declined a request by state Sen. Jason Carter to appoint an independent investigator to review ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.
By Christina A. Cassidy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Georgia bar wants House speaker investigated

A petition filed in state Supreme Court accuses House Speaker David Ralston of questionable practices in a 2008 case involving a man injured in a crash and hired Ralston's law firm.
By Associated Press

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