Most large companies have no welfare-to-work promgrams

S.C. hiring rate lower than nation

Business hiring to continue at highest levels in 20 years

Consumer confidence takes a dip

Extended care offered for fee

World Bank puts hold on loans to India

Raining on their parade

Business briefs

Lawsuit claims policies are unfair to customers

Area construction declines

Welfare hiring on the rise -- a bit

Delta plans to add a bit more reality to TV spots

Top IRS official investigated for travel advance

Sacred Heart cornerstone set

Trustees to meet, vote on budget

Centers' talks anger veterans

Authority reduces fee for school

Sibling facing charge

Scholarships drop at private schools

High school seniors prepare to graduate

Finally honored

Trustees to meet over new budget

Additional area news

Police try to identify man, find cause of death

Land feud goes first round

Premature son of defendant may delay suit

Land feud goes first round

Civic center looks to increase revenue

Water restrictions mandatory

Cool splash

Smoky interior

Funding vote goes to board

Twins top class together

Video gambling six days away from surviving another legislative session

Flathead's popular among some anglers

Pair place flag at cemetary

Politicians should hit bad drivers

Budget conference committee continues to skip over controversy

Local and area briefs

Augusta schools cutting money for school safety

Big dippers

Officials retain law firm to close prison deal

Atlanta seeking concessions from airport

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Boost crime lab staff 052798 - The Augusta Chronicle

Opposes mall for government offices 052798 - The Augusta Chronicle

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Georgia makes NCAA finals in men's tennis

Tennis lacking rivalries that used to exist

Former PGA player Tommy Moore dead at 35

Braves top Cubs

Lopez grand in Braves' win

McGwire hits his way into history

Agassi's comeback sticks in French clay

Sampras plays his usual game

Jaguars ready for tourney

Overtime: Kennesaw coach hit by suspension

Overtime: A sports wrap-up

Gordon luck stuns peers

Tech knocked out; Series pairings set

Miller hits winner in clutch

Holiday recreation

Gutierrez sparks Jackets

Braves notebook

Baseball notes: Pirates pitcher breaks jaw in fight

Revised Amateur Sports Act deals with athletes rights, lawsuits

Greene's future uncertain

Jackets game postponed

Augusta trio ready for NCAA

Sabres still mad about officiating

Loss of hearing doesn't slow down 10-year-old

Trio backbone of ASU team

Once winless Cheever counts his blessings as a race driver

Dallas stays with its defense

'Cancer Wars' author stresses prevention over cure

Book seeks to dispel myths related to aging

Insurance slowing computer Pap smears

Chef adds Asian flavors to New World steak recipe

Education and clay helping shape students

Best of the season fills Strawberry Napoleons

Cabinet maker turns wood into art

Senior calendar

Keeping cool on a hot holiday

Networks shifting shows in furious battle for ratings

Members of Himalayan ethnic group flock to U.S.

Can this marraige be saved? Confronting can restore confidence

Disney in deal to dub cartoons in Arabic

Age-old question: Hygiene can minimize virus effects

Butterflies take off at weddings

The supermarket shopper: Supermarkets are not making the grade, shoppers say

Haze from Mexican forest fires stretches across South

Tangy appetizer spices up crackers

Education and clay helping shape students

Foot-long fanatic

The people's pharmacy: Thalidomide may usher in new era of cancer therapy

Xtreme big screen

Reining in rage

Xtreme music: Best selling recorded music

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme fashion: Blaze Durant

Xtreme advice: Communication is the key for people who care

Xtreme chat: Former Will Robinson makes waves on 'B5'

Few taboos on diversity Web site

Experimental cancer drug administered with altered gene

Criminal use of credit cards, Social Security numbers on the rise

As life expectancy rises, experts ponder implications

Georgia hopes all welfare recipients to be on debit cards by year's end

Tuberculosis the No. 1 killer of women of child-bearing age

Online newsletter shows bank rates

Dow 10,000 bug -- smoke or fire?

AOL turns 4.0