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Augusta man sentenced to life without parole for killing innocent bystander

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 4:44pm

Dachavous Murphy never met Ashley Brown, but that didn’t stop him from killing the 26-year-old innocent bystander.

On Thursday afternoon a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Murphy, 22, of murder in Brown’s death. He will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

What Murphy did was “a callous and cowardly act”, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said in asking for the maximum penalty for Brown’s murder.

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Tiger Woods struggles to 74 at PGA Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:53pm


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tiger Woods surveyed his options from so far left of the fairway he was up to his ankles in grass in a hazard he didn’t even know was there.

He could take it over the trees and go sideways, but it might be tough to keep it in the fairway.

“What about left gallery?” Woods asked his caddie.

“That’s actually not bad,” Joe LaCava replied.

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Obama signs veterans' health care overhaul

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:04pm

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Veterans may soon have easier access to government-paid health care under a bill President Obama signed into law Thursday, the government’s most sweeping response to date to a public uproar over systemwide problems that have rocked the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Savannah River Nuclear Solutions joins nuclear education partnership at Augusta Tech

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:03pm


Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management and operations contractor at Savannah River Site, has joined a partnership at Augusta Technical College for nuclear education.

Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear have supported the Nuclear Engineering Technology program since it was developed in 2008, according to a news release. SRNS will collaborate on curriculum and program requirements, support marketing and outreach efforts and participate in advisory councils.

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Augusta goat deployment delayed till Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:36am


Augusta’s deployment of six goats to maintain vegetation at an area detention pond is on hold until Monday while the goats undergo veterinary care and the city builds a second shelter for them at the pilot site.

“We never intended to leave them out through the weekend, so it just didn’t make sense to get them out there this afternoon, only to bring them back tomorrow,” Interim Deputy Administrator Steve Cassell said Thursday.

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Local actor appears in 'Step Up: All In'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:30am


Including stays in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Stephen Jones has spent the past 13 years pursuing a professional dance career.

Finally, he’s caught his break in Hollywood.

Despite minimal acting experience, the 2000 Lakeside High School graduate earned the role of Jasper Tarik in the upcoming 3-D dance film Step Up: All In – which opens nationwide Friday.

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