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Georgia lawmaker pulls bills after KKK remarks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 6:07pm

 

ATLANTA — A Georgia lawmaker who was criticized for saying that the Ku Klux Klan was not racist has withdrawn bills he proposed to honor the Confederacy.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the KKK wasn’t racist but was “a vigilante thing to keep law and order.”

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Brandt Snedeker winds up a winner at Torrey Pines

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:49pm

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker won the praise of his peers for a closing round at Torrey Pines that left them in awe.

Now he has a trophy to show for it.

Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday when the conditions turned out to be just as tough as when he shot his 69 on Sunday, a score that was roughly nine shots better than the field average.

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Lawmakers, Unisys celebrate opening of office in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:09pm

Announcements and ground breaking ceremonies are special occasions, but there’s nothing quite like a ribbon cutting ceremony, Augusta Economic Development Authority Chairman Henry Ingram said.

Generally speaking, he noted, they mean that companies are ready to begin work immediately.

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Police release image of liquor store thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:45pm

 

Police are seeking a man who shoplifted two bottles of liquor last month.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance footage of the man accused of taking two bottles of Hennessy from H & S Wine and Spirits, 3150 Wrightsboro Road, on Jan. 22. The man was also accompanied by a woman, but her photo is not available.

Anyone with information can contact Investigator Angela Gates or any other property crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

 

Immigrants can't sue regents over tuition, Georgia Supreme Court rules

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 9:30am

ATLANTA — Georgia’s highest court on Monday ruled against a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and wanted access to in-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities.

However, the court decision hinged not on their immigration status, but on whether they were legally allowed to sue the state.

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Brandt Snedeker closes with 69, then waits to see if it's enough

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 7:01pm

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker called it one of the best rounds he ever played, one he doubts he could repeat if he had to start over. Still to be determined was whether his 3-under-par 69 in a raging wind and occasional rain Sunday at Torrey Pines would be good enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

He has to wait until today to find out.

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Djokovic wins sixth Australian title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 10:29am

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was still walking around Melbourne Park with his trophy, celebrating his record sixth Australian title, when five-time runner-up Andy Murray was heading for the airport in a rush to reunite with his pregnant wife.

Top-ranked Djokovic maintained his perfect streak in six Australian Open finals with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory on Sunday night, equaling Roy Emerson's record for Australian titles. Murray continued his unwanted streak, too, slumping to 0-5 in championship deciders Down Under.

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2 suspects sought in Aiken shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 11:12pm

A man was shot in Aiken Saturday and the Department of Public Safety is asking the public’s help in finding two suspects.

According to a news release, they are identified as Christopher Maurice Johnson, 29, and Davashae Lamound Rhodes, 22, both of Aiken. The are sought on outstanding warrants for attempted murder.

According to a description of the incident, Aiken police went to the 500 block of Newberry Street at 12:50 p.m. after a shooting report.

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Officer injuries down in Richmond and Aiken counties; up in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 6:32pm

From yellow jacket stings to serious motor vehicle accidents, law enforcement officers in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties learned in often painful ways that there was no such thing as a routine call in the last two years.

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Georgia man killed in standoff with law enforcement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 4:01pm

 

ROSSVILLE, Ga. — A northwest Georgia man is dead after being shot by law enforcement officers during a standoff in Rossville.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says 64-year-old Jose Alegre was killed early Saturday in the Walker County town.

A statement from state police says Alegre became irate with a propane contractor Friday night. The worker called authorities after Alegre allegedly opened fire on him.

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2 escaped inmates arrested in San Francisco

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 2:07pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A tip from an observant woman led San Francisco police to catch two escaped inmates who had been on the run for more than a week, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said.

San Francisco police were responding about 8:50 a.m. Saturday to an unrelated call when a woman said she saw a parked white van that looked like the one authorities said the fugitives had stolen, Hutchens said during a news conference.

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SC student can avoid prison for spitting in food, attorney says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 2:04pm

 

COLUMBIA — An attorney says a University of South Carolina student has a chance to avoid prison after she was recorded spitting and pouring household cleaner into her roommates’ food last year.

Multiple media outlets report attorney Seth Rose says his client, 24-year-old Hayley King, has entered pre-trial intervention. Meanwhile, the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office has placed a charge of malicious tampering with food on hold.

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Kerber stuns Serena in Australia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 9:51am

MELBOURNE, Australia  — Serena Williams put up both hands after a sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber.

For the second time in as many majors, nerves got to Williams as she tried to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

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Director's pay hike remains under investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 7:49pm

Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson has been under investigation for a week as city officials try to determine why his paycheck increased by $15,863 last year.

The 15 percent raise increased Johnson’s salary to $121,618, but when The Augusta Chronicle inquired about the raise, City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson said she had no knowledge of why his pay went up.

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Augusta's Metress closing in on 400th career win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 6:07pm

WHO’S HOT

Dip Metress. The Augusta men’s head coach is turning his program around at the right time. The Jaguars have won eight of their past 10 games, with one of the losses occurring in double overtime. With three consecutive home games ahead, Metress can reach career win No. 400 at Christenberry Fieldhouse if the Jaguars take care of business. In his 20th season overall, Metress has a 397-190 career record.

WHO’S NOT

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USC student found dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 2:08pm

COLUMBIA — Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old University of South Carolina student at an off-campus apartment.

 

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Rachel R. Bandman of Glen Allen, Va., was found late Thursday afternoon by a roommate. Bandman was pronounced dead when emergency medical workers arrived.

 

The coroner said an autopsy Friday showed no signs of trauma. Watts said the cause of death will be determined after final toxicology studies are complete.

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