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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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Lake murders remain middle Ga. mystery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 7:35am

 

EATONTON, Ga. -- In the days and weeks since early May when his elderly parents were killed, Keith Dermond has been as puzzled as anyone else.

 

Russell and Shirley Dermond had been married 62 years. Both in their late 80s, they fell prey to unspeakable violence -- savagery as the Putnam County sheriff has called it -- and whoever inflicted it seems to have left nary a trace.

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Boy, 4, drowns near Atlanta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 7:17am

 

JONESBORO, Ga. — Authorities are investigating after a 4-year-old boy drowned in a pool at a home south of Atlanta.

 

Clayton County police say they responded around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to the home in Jonesboro, where they found the boy in the pool. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

 

Police said in a statement that a preliminary investigation suggests the child and his parents were visiting from out of town.

 

Police said the drowning appears to be accidental.

Atlanta county hikes taxes 17%

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 7:15am

ATLANTA — Commissioners in Georgia’s most populous county have approved a 17 percent property tax hike.

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday approved the increase with a 4-3 vote.

The increase is the first of its kind in more than two decades.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1skqrx2) that the tax hike is expected to pay for countywide services like libraries, courts and social services.

It would cost the owner of a $275,000 home an extra $140 a year if the property’s value remains unchanged.

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School bus cameras can be used for ticketing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 7:10am

IRMO, S.C. — A new law means drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus in South Carolina are more likely to get hit in the wallet.

The law allows law enforcement to write traffic tickets after reviewing video captured by cameras installed on school buses. Previously, an officer had to personally witness the illegal passing to prosecute — unless injuries resulted and boosted the charge to a felony.

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Augusta man says he was shot at while working on vehicle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 9:13pm

An Augusta man says he was shot at Wednesday while working in the backyard of a residence.

Approximately 3:51 p.m., deputies responded to the 600 block of Bennock Mill Road where a 20-year-old victim said fired shots as he worked outside on a vehicle, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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