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Graham lines up presidential bid

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:52pm

 

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina’s senior senator, Lindsey Graham has formed a political organization to assess the climate for a potential 2016 presidential bid.

 

The committee, Security Through Strength, will finance Graham’s travels across the country, aimed at “listening to Americans’ concerns, and gauging support for a potential presidential candidacy,” according to a press release.

 

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Slain couple stopped to ask directions, witness recalls

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:11pm

MCRAE-HELENA, Ga. -- The narrow lane through planted pines where a Marietta couple was found slain Tuesday lies less than a mile from their accused killer’s mobile home.

The bodies of Bud and June Runion, both shot in the head, were left beneath the trees just off County Road 145, a dirt stretch between Old Prison Camp Road and U.S. 441.

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Good Samaritan, 96, robbed

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:48pm

A 96-year-old man told police he was robbed Tuesday while giving someone money for gas.

The victim told police the man knocked at the door of his Glen Hills Court home around 9 p.m. saying he was out of gas. The victim was handing over $5 when the unknown man grabbed $100 to $150 from his wallet and ran away, according to an incident report.

He was last seen leaving in a newer model black four-door sedan. Police said the thief left the victim’s wallet at the scene.

 

SC man arrested after 100-mph chase

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:45pm

A Beech Island man is facing charges after leading Richmond County deputies on a two-state chase Wednesday evening that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Corey Doniel Washington, 28, has been charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude and numerous traffic citations including wrong side of road, open container, obedience traffic control devices, driving while license suspended or revoked, alteration license plate, speeding, reckless driving, no seatbelt and expired tag.

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Fleming Avenue shootings investigated

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:36pm

Two homes and a vehicle were damaged during a Fleming Avenue shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies were called to the 700 block of Fleming Avenue around 1:40 p.m. after a witness saw “an unknown subject” exit a white or silver sedan and start shooting toward the Ridgewood Place apartments on Wheeler Road. Police collected nearly 30 9 mm spent shell casings in the rear of the apartment parking lot.

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Palace Malice's training plans altered after colt throws horseshoe

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:54am

Palace Malice’s training plans have been altered after the thoroughbred threw a horseshoe during a workout Wednesday.

Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm’s prized colt was scheduled to work 3/8 of a mile today and then ship to Florida on Sunday, but those plans have been pushed back.

“In the process he bruised his foot, which seems very minor but keeps us from training him,” Dogwood president Cot Campbell said.

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Confederate shipwreck must go

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:39am

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Before workers can start to deepen the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, they first must remove a Confederate shipwreck still sitting at the bottom of the Savannah River after 150 years.

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1 dead, 3 wounded in DeKalb shootings

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:36am

 

ATLANTA -- Authorities say one person has been killed in a shooting that wounded three others in DeKalb County, just outside Atlanta.

 

Police say the gunfire happened at a home along Panola Road late Wednesday night. Officers responding to a 911 call found one man dead. Two other men and a woman had gunshot wounds.

 

WSB-TV reports police were investigating the possibility that a robbery led to the gunfire.

 

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What you pay at pump may change

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:10am

ATLANTA — House leaders released the outline Wednesday of a plan they say will boost funding for transportation by $1 billion without raising taxes, although legislators and lobbyists who heard it were scratching their heads.

The complicated proposal includes cutting undisclosed non-transportation expenditures now funded with part of the state’s sales tax on gasoline, converting that sales tax to an excise tax, indexing the new excise tax for inflation and improving mileage, imposing a fee on electric vehicles and borrowing lots of money with bonds.

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What you pay at pump may change

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:08am

ATLANTA — House leaders released the outline Wednesday of a plan they say will boost funding for transportation by $1 billion without raising taxes, although legislators and lobbyists who heard it were scratching their heads.

The complicated proposal includes cutting undisclosed non-transportation expenditures now funded with part of the state’s sales tax on gasoline, converting that sales tax to an excise tax, indexing the new excise tax for inflation and improving mileage, imposing a fee on electric vehicles and borrowing lots of money with bonds.

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Jaguars keep cool, upset No. 19 UNC Pembroke

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:46pm

While UNC Pembroke coach Ben Miller lost his composure Wednesday night, the Jaguars didn’t.

Keshun Sherrill scored five of his 20 points in the final 1:07 as Georgia Regents blew a large lead, rallied late and shocked the 19th-ranked Braves, 57-55, at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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Georgia Regents women best UNC Pembroke

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:28pm

 

After two Georgia Regents wins in a row, Kariel Hutt likes what she’s starting to see.

Camille Gee scored 18 points, Hutt had a double-double and the Jaguar women defeated UNC Pembroke, 55-47, at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

“I love the way we’ve come together after all the losses,” Hutt said. “We’ve put all that behind us. We’re just trying to move forward.”

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Paine looking to keep win streak alive, against Morehouse

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:28pm

For Alfonso Davis and the rest of his teammates, tonight’s game is more than about just winning.

Paine will look to extend its school-record, 13-game winning streak when it plays at 7:30 tonight at Morehouse.

“I just want to keep the streak alive,” Davis said. “It’s been crazy the past month and a half, winning game after game after game.

“We’re finding a way to win close games. We’ve been winning by 30. It’s been a blessing.”

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Repository work delays Savannah River Site nuclear waste shipments

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:47pm

Recovery work at an underground government repository in New Mexico continues as the U.S. Department of Energy aims to resume limited operations early next year, but shipments of nuclear waste material from Savannah River Site will be delayed for several more years.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, near Carlsbad, stopped taking shipments after an underground truck caught fire Feb. 5. Nine days later, a radiation release contaminated workers.

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GRU-UGA dean stepping down

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:08pm

ATHENS, Ga. -- Barbara Schuster, the first and only dean of the Athens branch campus of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, will be stepping down in May, as the second class graduates from the medical campus in Athens.

No reason was given for Schuster’s resignation in emails sent by UGA and GRU administrators to faculty and staff at the partnership campus in Athens, which enrolled its first 40 students in 2010. That first class from the partnership campus graduated last May.

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Slain couple known for charity

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:42pm

 

McRAE, Ga. — Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to a donation center run from their backyard in suburban Atlanta.

“He said, ‘You can’t take money with you when you’re gone,” said the couple’s daughter, Brittany Patterson. “You might as well spend and enjoy it.”

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No name in Hephzibah fatal fire

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:03pm

 

Officials are trying to identify a person who died in a Hephzibah fire early this morning.

Hephzibah firefighters discovered the body, which was burned beyond recognition, after responding to a fire at a home in the 5200 block of Farmers Bridge Road just before 1 a.m.

The victim, who appears to be the occupant of the residence, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:40 a.m., Coroner Mark Bowen said in a news release.

The body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy and DNA testing for identification.

 

Train wreck leaked acid

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:47pm

MARTIN, S.C. — Hydrochloric acid leaked from a breached railcar Tuesday in Allendale County, CSX officials said today.

According to a statement released this afternoon, the CSX intermodal train traveling from Savannah to Atlanta derailed near a plant outside Martin and came into contact with standing tank cars in a rail siding.

“A tank car containing hydrochloric acid, commonly used in many industrial processes, was breached and released product onto the ground,” CSX said in its statement.

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Ga. lawmaker wants history books to highlight America

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:02am

ATLANTA -- The conservative senator who led last year’s fight against the Common Core school standards is again out front in another battle over coursework, this time saying it downplays what’s special about the United States.

Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, is sponsoring a resolution urging the New Jersey-based College Board to restore its course framework for Advanced Placement history.

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Arrest after man shot in foot

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:15am

A North Augusta man is facing charges after shooting another man in the foot Wednesday morning, police said.

Randal Barton, 42, was booked into the Richmond County jail on Wednesday morning on a charge of attempted murder.

Aiken County deputies were called to the Cherokee Drive and Apache Drive intersection in Clearwater about 2:20 a.m. and found the victim in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to the foot.

The victim identified Barton, whom the bloodhound team tracked to a nearby residence on Buster Place.

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