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Friday, March 13, 2015

Borrowing plan's defeat causes cuts to SLED, K-12

COLUMBIA - A law enforcement training center, K-12 school construction and rural utility infrastructure are among projects eliminated or drastically reduced by the House's refusal to borrow money ...
By Seanna Adcox

Report details Smith allegations

Communications dispatchers described a highly dysfunctional workplace in which Donnie Smith routinely made sexual comments and advances and otherwise engaged in behavior that made them ...
By Susan McCord

North Augusta lawmaker offers new gun bill

COLUMBIA - North Augusta Republican Rep. Bill Hixon has introduced a pared-down version of separate legislation that's pending to allow concealed-weapon permit reciprocity with states that issue ...
By Sarita Chourey

Make-or-break day at Ga. Legislature

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline today -- "Crossover Day" -- for bills to maintain a shot at becoming law this year.

Pipeline meeting status questioned

Hundreds of Georgians have attended meetings this month about a proposed petroleum pipeline planned to run along the Savannah River, but state officials have been unable to confirm whether ...
By Mary Landers

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Harris leads in District 7 fundraising race

Interim Augusta Commission member Louis "Hap" Harris outraised his two opponents in Tuesday's District 7 special election by about $10,000, candidate filings show.
By Susan McCord

SC House kills bond plan, approves budget

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House approved its $7 billion spending plan late Thursday after killing a proposal to borrow $500 million for building projects statewide.
By Seanna Adcox

Rider group wants to keep bus system privatized

Advocates for private management of Augusta Public Transit have an ally in the Augusta Bus Riders Association.
By Susan McCord

State reviews 'stop smoking' benefits

ATLANTA -- State insurance officials are investigating whether health insurers are covering tobacco-cessation products as a free benefit, as required under the Affordable Care Act.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Growth focus of Fort Gordon meeting

A growing, thriving region bolstered by new missions headed to Fort Gordon was topic of an Army listening session Tuesday intended for discussion on military force reductions that will cause posts ...
By Meg Mirshak

Commission members hold off on agreeing to November SPLOST

The referendum on Augusta's latest special purpose, local option sales tax would be voters' second chance at approving SPLOST 7 after an earlier package failed at the polls May 20.
By Susan McCord

Public meetings on stormwater utility fee begin tonight at 6

Public meetings on Augusta's proposed stormwater utility fee begin with a session at 6 p.m. today at the city boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive.

School worker insurance cuts worry lawmakers

ATLANTA -- The budget issue that has most rattled the General Assembly this year involves the proposed elimination of health insurance for 11,500 part-time school employees, mainly bus drivers and ...
By Andy Miller

SC lawmakers take aim at Muslim law

COLUMBIA - South Carolina lawmakers are worried Islamic law could rule their state's courtrooms.
By Sarita Chourey

Monday, March 9, 2015

District 7 candidates face off at forum

Three candidates sparred over working with the mayor and commission and managing city infrastructure and taxpayer dollars for more than two hours at a forum.
By Susan McCord

South Carolina House votes to defund Commission on Higher Education

COLUMBIA - The Commission on Higher Education could be forced to close next fiscal year under a budget amendment approved Monday by the South Carolina House, though the proposal's primarily meant ...
By Seanna Adcox

New SPLOST 7 referendum slated for November ballot

Augusta voters may see a special purpose, local option sales tax referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot after the rapidly assembled SPLOST 7 package failed last May.
By Susan McCord

Owner identified in attack by dogs on city goats

Michael Todd Robinson, 53, faces up to a $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail for failing to secure two Chow mixes, leading to the deaths of eight goats.
By Susan McCord

Judges could get pay raise

ATLANTA - Some Augusta judges could be getting a pay boost thanks to legislation Rep. Wayne Howard said Monday that he's considering introducing.
By Walter C. Jones

Ga. House passes fireworks bill

ATLANTA - Georgians could soon legally celebrate their big moments and holidays with exploding fireworks after the House voted to make them available for sale and use in this state.
By Walter C. Jones
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