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Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Man gets 5 years for sex with teen

Bobby M. Laws Jr., 27, was originally indicted on a charge of child molestation, but a plea negotiation was worked out considering the circumstances of the crime and the unwillingness of the ...
By Sandy Hodson

8 horses loose on I-20

Eight horses that got loose from a nearby pasture and briefly wandered along Interstate 20 were safely rounded up Monday afternoon.
By Valerie Rowell

Police seek fraud suspect

Police are seeking an Augusta woman suspected of fraudulently cashing a check belonging to a former employer.

Friday fight involved 15-20 girls, women

Police said about 15 to 20 teenage girls and women were involved in a brawl on Second Avenue Friday that reportedly involved baseball bats and a Taser.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

SRS begins new cleanup project

Savannah River Site has started a new cleanup project to remove 1.3 million cubic yards of ash created by a former 1950s-era, coal-fired power plant.
By Meg Mirshak

Police looking for shooting suspect

Police are seeking Adrian Curry after a Laurel Oaks Drive shooting on Saturday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

'Hap' Harris named interim Augusta commissioner

With no public discussion, Super District 10 Commissioner Grady Smith garnered seven votes Monday for his pick, Louis "Hap" Harris, as interim replacement for resigned District 7 commissioner ...
By Susan McCord

Slaying suspect has hearing

The Florida man accused in the fatal Aug. 14 shooting outside a Martinez church appeared Monday for the first time before a Columbia County judge.
By Valerie Rowell

Man tried to swallow drugs, dies

An Augusta man who tried to swallow a bag of marijuana during his arrest this month has died.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Martinez man killed in I-20 accident

A Martinez man died after being hit after exiting his disabled vehicle on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County on Sunday evening.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Highway officials buy image-boosting radio ads

ATLANTA - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.
By Ray Henry

EPA: Army must move faster on old base contamination testing

FOREST PARK, Ga. - It's been more than a month since the U.S. Army tested the air in Chad Partin's Forest Park home for toxic chemicals and known carcinogens seeping off nearby Fort Gillem. He ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Senator: Law on day care training needs penalties

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina senator says a lack of compliance to a 2010 law requiring annual training for people who keep children in their home means legislators might need to add penalties.

SRS building wins sustainability award

Savannah River Site's tritium administration building won the first sustainability award from the National Nuclear Security Administration.
By Meg Mirshak

Social media policies differ among police agencies

Looking to prevent officers from posting inappropriate material online, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol have strict guidelines on employee use of social media sites.
By Wesley Brown

Olens: Closed-door talk on commission appointment violates law

Taking a discussion about who the Augusta Commission should appoint to replace a resigned commissioner behind closed doors would violate state law, although it wouldn't be the first time.
By Susan McCord

Moore: Where are my car keys?

I've searched everywhere for my car keys and can't find them anywhere. Any ideas?
By Glynn Moore

Victim identified, suspect sought in shooting

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has identified a suspect in a Saturday night shooting that sent an Augusta man to a hospital.
By Doug Stutsman

Program will help freed inmates with return

A state pilot program will provide help to 31 released inmates returning to Richmond County, with an emphasis on safe, affordable housing and employment.
By Doug Stutsman

Rants & Raves

Every person who commits to vote CAN make a difference in this November election.

Rants & Raves

Bill Kirby, it is NOT a loss of manhood at all to admit you forgot a number. And since you are a senior over 50 years of age, of course you will have senior moments. And get that code right out of your wallet this instant!

Bill Kirby: Many people think Sept. 31 is actual date

It’s been a long month. I didn’t realize how long until I looked at the calendar on my desk and noticed it had tomorrow, Wednesday, as “Sept. 31.”

Where you live

By Chris Thelen

Sheheen calls for Confederate flag to come down

COLUMBIA - Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen tried to shake up the governor's race in South Carolina on Wednesday, calling for the removal of the Confederate flag that flies on a pole in front of the Statehouse.
By Jeffrey Collins

Judge denies challenge to death penalty provision

ATLANTA - A judge has denied a Georgia death row inmate's latest challenge to a state requirement that defendants must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be spared from execution.
By Kate Brumback

Athens agent shot, suspect killed

ATHENS, Ga. -- A U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent was wounded and a suspect killed Tuesday during a drug investigation.
By Joe Johnson

Nuke supplier agrees to changes after cheating

ATLANTA - A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago.
By Ray Henry

Jimmy Carter 90th birthday

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday in Atlanta, blowing out three candles.
By Kathleen Foody

Across the region

ATLANTA - A former Atlan­ta high school principal testified Wednesday that he was offered a demotion because double-digit gains that students made on a state standardized test weren't considered significant enough.
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SRS shipments halted until 2016

Savannah River Site can't resume shipments of Cold War nuclear waste materials to an underground repository in New Mexico until at least 2016 when the federal government reopens the facility to ...
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