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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bipartisan support in Washington for reform of misdemeanor courts

Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday agreed that the nation can no longer ignore what they see as the systemic denial of legal representation for poor people in misdemeanor courts.
By Sandy Hodson

Rabid bat found in Goshen

A bat with rabies was discovered in the Goshen subdivision, according to the Richmond County Health Department.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Senate kills $237M bill to borrow

The South Carolina Senate killed a $237 million borrowing package Tuesday on a technicality, but efforts to borrow for college construction and workforce training remain alive.
By Seanna Adcox

Road tax to raise gas prices

Starting July 1, the average Georgia driver will pay about 6 cents more for a gallon of gas, while distributors of unleaded and diesel fuel will see taxes increase.
By Wesley Brown

Motion for partial demolition passes

Augusta Commission members again gave hope about preserving two historic buildings on the downtown government campus.
By Susan McCord

Highway fatalities spark seat belt push

Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said that the 450 automobile-related deaths puts the state on a pace to lose 1,200 lives this year. 
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, May 11, 2015

Historic buildings fate on today's agenda

Debate about the fate of two 19th-century buildings on the city government campus will continue Tuesday at a meeting of Augusta's Public Services Committee.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, May 9, 2015

City Ink: City officials can't make up mind on buildings

Augusta officials have a problem with buildings. They can’t make up their minds when to build them and when to tear them down.  
By Sylvia Cooper

Commission questions linger on stormwater fee

Though they're set to vote May 19, a growing number of Augusta Com­mission members still have questions about plans to charge residents a fee to cover stormwater management.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Senate Republicans offer another plan to fix SC roads

COLUMBIA - Senate Republicans announced their own plan to fix South Carolina roads Thursday, which raises more money for highways and also cuts income taxes more substantially than the plan passed ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Governor praises legislative work

Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that this recent legislative session was the most productive of the 17 he has been involved in during his political career.
By Steve Crawford

Unaltered pet fee would be $100

Though they stopped short of making pet spaying and neutering mandatory, an Augusta subcommittee agreed Thursday to impose a relatively steep licensing fee for owners of unaltered pets.
By Susan McCord

Deal signs 'Todd Gurley bill'

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill - dubbed the "Todd Gurley bill" - making it a crime punishable by up to a year in prison to entice student athletes to break NCAA rules for money.
By Bill Hendrick

Former commissioner's wife alleges battery

Former Augusta commissioner Corey Johnson's wife is accusing her husband of battering her after she refused to have sex with him.

S.C. House postpones debate on body cam bill

The Senate passed S. 47 and sent it to the House, however, the bill will be debated on the floor instead of going through the committee process on the House side.
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SC Senate makes little progress on 3rd day of budget talks

COLUMBIA - With debate stuck on the best way to spend an expected revenue increase, senators have made little progress on South Carolina's $7 billion spending plan.
By Jeffrey Collins

Transportation officials break ground on Berckmans Road project

State and local officials on Wednesday broke ground on the $16.7 million Berckmans Road overhaul that was scheduled for next year but began early to complete the first phase before the 2016 ...
By Meg Mirshak

Gov. Deal signs bills regulating ride-hailing in Georgia

ATLANTA — Surrounded by young Uber drivers in black T-shirts and Lyft drivers wearing pink, Deal signed into law House Bill 225 and House Bill 190.
By Bill Hendrick

Augusta Recreation survey seeks public input

Residents can chart the course of public recreation in Augusta-Richmond County using two survey methods now available.
By Susan McCord
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