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Lawmakers give doctors Medicaid boost

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:17am


ATLANTA -- A state Senate panel gave Georgia primary care doctors a potential financial boost Wednesday, putting millions of dollars into the state budget for a pay raise to deliver services to Medicaid patients.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a budget that awards $5.9 million in state funds for a Medicaid pay raise to ob/gyns, and $13.6 million to internists, pediatricians and family medicine physicians.

Those amounts surpass the House’s allocation of $3 million and $1.6 million to the respective groups.

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Man shot in buttocks at SC fun park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 8:02am

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A man who was shot in the buttocks at a fun park in North Charleston has been arrested, along with the man accused of shooting him.


Police told local media outlets that 27-year-old Harold Austin Nicholas was shot around 4 p.m. Wednesday at Frankie’s Fun Park.


Twenty-seven-year-old Maurice S. Thompson has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws.


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Ga. mayor told to get anger counseling

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:57am

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — The Stockbridge city council is ordering the mayor to undergo anger management counseling.


Council members tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they’re alarmed at what they describe as a series of outbursts by Mayor Tim Thompson in recent weeks.


The Atlanta newspaper reports that Thompson could not be reached for comment. The mayor did not immediately return email and phone messages from The Associated Press early Thursday.


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Graniteville man arrested in school bus hit-and-run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:28pm


The South Carolina Highway patrol arrested a Graniteville man Wednesday who they say caused a three-vehicle wreck in Aiken County and fled authorities after attempting to pass a stopped school bus unloading students.

Kevin Adams, 21, awaits bond in the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of driving too fast for road conditions, leaving the scene of an accident, having a suspended license and passing a stopped school bus.

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Burke County school system repairs water line, to reopen Thursday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:03pm


Burke County public schools will open and operate on regular schedule Thursday, less than 24 hours after a ruptured water line resulted in the system shutting down all its facilities, including its central office and maintenance and transportation departments.

The school system announced on Twitter at 2:20 p.m. that it had repaired the water line and that faculty, staff, and students at each of its eight schools should return to normal schedule Thursday.

University makes progress toward adding residencies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:03pm


ATLANTA – Executives from University Hospital are getting serious about having a residency program, state officials said Wednesday.

The hospital has sent a “letter of interest” to the University System of Georgia, the first formal step in receiving financial help in expanding its residency program for newly graduated physicians. The facility already provides six slots and once had more until a change in Medicare rules increased the financial burden on the hospital several years ago.

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Woman imprisoned for ramming car into Dollar General

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 5:20pm


A Martinez woman was sentenced to prison Wednesday after admitting she drove her car into a Dollar General store last spring.

Roshana Lequisha Payne, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence and driving with an open container of alcohol.

Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Payne to 12 years in prison followed by eight years probation. She also has to pay a $1,300 fine and more than $60,000 in restitution to the three people injured in the incident and to Dollar General.

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Missing 2 years, SC cat found in California

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:07pm

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A cat that vanished in South Carolina two years ago is going home after ending up nearly 2,000 miles away in Southern California.

Kevin the orange tabby is leaving Palm Springs on Wednesday after disappearing from Anderson, South Carolina, in 2013.

John Welsh of Riverside County Animal Services says the cat turned up in early March inside a U-Haul trailer a woman had driven across the country.

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