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Energy officials discuss German waste

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:25am

Energy officials discuss German waste in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Energy Department officials say the German government is paying researchers at the Savannah River Site near Aiken to study how to handle waste that might be sent to South Carolina.

The research is focused on how to separate materials in the waste.

Gary DeLeon with the Energy Department says if the material is processed, an easier way is needed to handle it. DeLeon says a method has been developed to separate the highly enriched uranium. It could be blended to make fuel for nuclear reactors.

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Georgians support school choice, poll says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:11am

ATLANTA -- Georgians, by a wide margin, support tax credits and scholarships for private-school tuition, according to a university survey released Thursday by a foundation that advocates school choice.

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Dead toddler's mom gets lawyer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:24am

ATLANTA - The mother of a Cobb toddler who died after spending seven hours trapped in his car seat has retained legal counsel.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Leanna Harris has not been charged with any wrongdoing but her behavior on the day of her son’s death has been heavily scrutinized by investigators. Atlanta criminal defense attorney Lawrence Zimmerman confirmed he has been hired by the 30-year-old dietitian

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Home Depot fires SUV dad

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:19am


ATLANTA — The Home Depot says it has fired a Georgia man who faces a murder charge in his son’s death in a hot SUV.


Company spokeswoman Catherine Woodling confirmed Thursday that Justin Ross Harris no longer works for the company but wouldn’t say when he was terminated. She said he’d been on leave without pay since his arrest.


Harris faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death. He has said he left the toddler in the SUV for about seven hours after forgetting to drop him off at day care.


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Athens police to inspect child seats

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:14am

Child car seat inspections to be offered in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Athens are planning free child safety car seat inspections.

Police said the checks will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at outside the Georgia Square Mall on the Atlanta Highway. They are being done in coordination with SafeKids Athens.

Police said in a statement that 80 percent of child safety seats are not installed properly. They’re inviting motorists to have their car seats inspected by a certified technician.

Refunds for those who helped family

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:12am



ATLANTA — The online payment site PayPal says it will give refunds to people who donated to a fundraising campaign for a Georgia family whose toddler died in a hot car.


PayPal spokeswoman Adriana Higuera tells The Associated Press the company will soon be issuing refunds to customers who used PayPal to donate to the campaign at, where a total of more than $22,000 was given.


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