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Woman had been drinking before leaving child alone in car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 9:13pm

Latoya Louise Bell had been drinking before leaving an 8-month-old child alone for hours in a hot vehicle, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Bell, 31, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of murder and cruelty to children in the second degree. Investigators learned that Bell, who is a cousin and godmother to Ja’Karheyonna Houges-Double, left the baby in the vehicle when she went inside and fell asleep. According to a sheriff’s office news release, the child suffered severe burns from sun exposure.

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Savannah River Site manager said possible government shutdown prompting funding alternatives

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 8:54pm

NEW ELLENTON, S.C. — The manager of Savannah River Site said Tuesday that it does not look like the federal facility will have a budget as of Oct. 1, prompting his administration to work on funding alternatives to combat a partial government shutdown.

Jack Craig told SRS’s Citizens Advisory Board during its monthly meeting that SRS is developing several “planning scenarios” to start work at the site for the upcoming fiscal year if Congress does not pass a federal budget in the next 10 days and a partial government shutdown happens.

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