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VA official addresses Augusta concerns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:00pm

Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs, told an Augusta audience today that the top priority is getting veterans off wait lists and then addressing systemic problems.

Gibson says trust has been broken, but Augusta is more aggressive than any other facility in improving access.

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Police reconstruct toddler's last hours

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:51am


MARIETTA, Ga. -- The horrific final hours of young Cooper Harris’ life were re-created Tuesday by investigators as they continue to build their case against the toddler’s father, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Cobb police spokesman Michael Bowman said the department turned over Ross Harris’ SUV and Cooper’s car seat to investigators with the district attorney’s office who conducted the “heat test.”

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Indicted in Athens brass duck attack

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:47am


ATHENS, Ga. -- A Clarke County grand jury this week indicted an Athens man who seriously injured another man last year by smashing him in the face with a brass duck.

Dajuan Anterrell Cooper, 33, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery, according to the indictment filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

The indictment states that Cooper “did maliciously cause bodily harm to (the victim) by seriously disfiguring said person’s body ... by striking (the victim) in the head with a brass ornamental duck.”

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Plan for new trauma center not welcomed by all

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:23am

ATLANTA -- Hospital chain HCA’s push to have its Augusta hospital designated as a trauma center has unsettled leaders in the state’s hospital industry.

A trauma center is a medical facility that’s specially equipped and staffed to treat seriously injured people. Georgia authorizes four levels of such centers, depending on their capabilities.

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