NASD board gives preliminary approval to merger with Amex

Business briefs

Energy declines check inflation in February

North Carolina company is back in business -- with restrictions

The Swoosh is slumping

Hankook on schedule despite delays

Expert relates expertise

Coca-Cola names new marketing czar as Zyman resigns

Tax preparer implicates police officers in filing scam

A summer job and more, with Labor Department help

Cooker opens for Augusta diners

BBC, Discovery announce deal

BellSouth loses fee challenge

Study: Stress of firing someone doubles the risk of a heart attack

Independent booksellers sue Barnes & Noble, Borders

Fans take office to the ballpark

Credit union executives pushing bill

Development Authority to offer incentives for complex

Agents expect strong spring home sales

Weaker arms bill approved

Conference targets relations

1861 snow gave cheer before war

Board awards contract

Proceeds from pupils' cookbook benefits shelter

MCG students meet their Match

Screaming for Oscar

Police review board likely, officials say

Political veterans close era

Leaders to match spending with cuts

Staking out

Judge says case must go forward

Reconstruction-era blacks reclaim spot in history

Local rehab facility marking 10th year

Georgia Lottery drawings held

State hopes for lengthy prison stay

Rot takes over where freeze left off

Higher salary nixed

Cocaine confiscation leads to two arrests

Jocassee Gorges plan keeps property open

State budget heading to governor

Ad campaign relying on residents

County asking for support for library upgrade

Georgia Lottery drawings held

Assembly OKs tax rise to set up wildlife fund

State jails get freed from feds

Board may raise taxes for schools

Road work

Baptist students work at ministry, with community

Battle with brain tumor inspired officer

NAACP pressuring jail director to resign

Local and area briefs

Singer attacked woman, suit says

Georgia tornado kills at least 13

Words of wisdom 031998 - The Augusta Chronicle

Pledge support for N.A. sports teams 031998 - The Augusta Chronicle

S.C. toughens bail 032098 - The Augusta Chronicle

Defends Paine College President Lewis 031998 - The Augusta Chronicle

Still for states' rights 031998 - The Augusta Chronicle

Opposes removal of tree at school site 031998 - The Augusta Chronicle

Protests end of recycling pickup service 032098 - The Augusta Chronicle

Criticizes media's 'new' objective 032098 - The Augusta Chronicle

Offers praise for 'Godfather of Soul' 032098 - The Augusta Chronicle

Auburn dismisses Houston for breaking team rules

Falcons add depth, sign free agent cornerback

Jackets fall to Penn State in NIT quarterfinals

Roberts named USC Aiken head coach

North Carolina, Utah, UConn, Arizona into final eight

Smoltz impressive in spring debut

Aiken Tech falls in first round of tournament

Georgia prepared for Vandy

Fresno president warns team

Drexler will return to alma mater as coach

Loss knocks Aiken Tech from tourney

Turner arrives quietly

Glover still uncertain about future

Minnesota defeats Marquette

Rain delays prep tourney

Penders stands by suspension of Axtell

Churchill Downs expands Derby wagering

Damron 7-under at Bay Hill Invitational

Rookie Irwin 'an excellent talent'

Perez longs for more starts

Augusta Lynx could have head coach by April

Murdoch's Fox Group takes control of Dodgers

Greene injury persists

South Aiken gets easy victory against Irmo

Owners: Better MLB teams to have playoff advantage

Overtime: Roberts expected to be named coach

Hawks rally to beat Bucks

Richards lives dream with Ravens

Georgia beats Vandy

Instant replay hot topic among owners

Neagle, Galarraga looking impressive

Williams having tough time getting over loss

Connecticut's hopes rest with freshman

Terps should test Arizona

Teens choose own alternative

'Primary Colors' has revealing hues

ABC News executive favors pooling of coverage

Mini Reviews

Oscar nominees got area exposure

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest ...

Elvis, the comeback special -- 1998 style

Bestselling books across the nation

Organization key to gardener's busy season

Ominous warnings preceded ship's sinking

Screaming for Oscar

Tire company pulls book after workers complain about drawings

'Gardens in Thyme' set for Sacred Heart

Skating can be social event

Gardening calendar

Health calendar

Cancer drugs may help kids with arthritis

Singer to take requests on TV special

Sacre bleu! A star is lost and a chef is mystified

Sacre bleu! A star is lost and a chef is mystified

Early bird need not give up worm

Capsules: News and notes from the world of science

Gardner's enthusiam often soars

Britons consider banning the Bard -- at least for a while

New, coming video releases

Why not split Oscar statue?

Guitarist happy to let Buffett opens doors for him

Unsinkable?

Concert watch

TVA: Alabama, Tennessee reactors will be used for tritium

Blood thinner research project kills 17

Lawyer: Punish tobacco companies

Nation's hottest, coldest cities listed

Rockets away

Columbia banged, damaged during launch preparations

Study: Vitamin D deficiency common among elderly

Gene found for sudden heart failure

New technique promises bacteria reduction in chicken

NASA arrests suspected hacker

Bikini Web site rated G, believe it or not

Condom dispensers required for night spots in Moscow

Tuberculosis defies strategies, remains biggest killer

Agencies unlikely to fix Year 2000 problem