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Slain driver's DNA not found on North Augusta officer's gun

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:30pm


COLUMBIA — After a North Augusta police officer shot and killed a driver in 2014, he told investigators the man had grabbed his gun – but a newly released investigative file reveals that the driver’s DNA was not found on the muzzle of the officer’s weapon.

And a police dashcam video shows the unarmed driver appeared to briefly wave his empty hands out his window seconds before the shooting.

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Pop superstar Prince dies at 57

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:13pm

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.

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Remains identified as those of missing Florida priest

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:17pm

Remains found earlier this week in Burke County have been positively identified as those of missing Florida priest Father Rene Robert, the GBI announced this afternoon.

Crime lab technicians in Atlanta reviewed Rev. Rene Robert’s dental records this morning to positively identify the body found earlier this week in Burke County.

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ZZ Top's May 4 show in Augusta postponed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:45pm


The ZZ Top concert planned for May 4 at Bell Auditorium has been postponed until October while one of the band members recovers from an injury.

ZZ Top’s concert dates on the current tour have been postponed through May 7. The Augusta date has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Tickets for the May 4 show will be honored for the Oct. 26 concert, however, refunds will be issued at the point of purchase until 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, according to a news release issued today from Spectra Venue Management.

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Plans announced to curb gun violence in Richmond County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:49pm


Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said Wednesday he wants to take 500 illegal guns off Augusta streets in 100 days, and he has the support of local judges and the district attorney to do it.

A recent rise in gun violence prompted Wednesday’s announcement, which also included plans for a 24-hour telephone tip line for the public and $200 rewards when tips lead to arrests.

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Bond denied for Steven James Murray in missing priest case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:45pm


WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Bond was denied Wednesday for a former Aiken County man linked to the disappearance of a Florida priest and facing a charge of malice murder.

Steven James Murray, 28, now of Jacksonville, Fla., appeared in court in Burke County because that’s where remains, believed to be the Rev. Rene Robert, of St. Augustine, were found Monday. Murray had led authorities to the body, but authorities requested dental records before making a positive identification. That could happen Thursday.

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Fifth annual Harrisburg cleanup planned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 2:40pm

More than 170 volunteers are expected to pick up trash Saturday during the fifth annual “Harrisburg Clean and Green” Day.

The nonprofit group Turn Back the Block organizes the clean-up as part of its larger effort to revitalize the historic mill village, said Christel Jiles, executive director.

Volunteers will collect trash along every street and alley throughout the neighborhood, she said. Live music, refreshements and kids activities will follow and the 9 a.m. event starts and ends at Martha Lester School on Broad Street.

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Harriet Tubman to go on $20 bill amid other changes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:14pm

WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as among the iconic faces of U.S. currency.

The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman’s portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday. She will be the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman depicted in 100 years.

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Georgia port expansion moving ahead, Gov. Deal says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:01pm


ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that he’s been assured that federal funding will be adequate to keep on schedule the deepening of the Savannah River even though it’s less than he wanted. He also announced a new study finding that state funds will reduce congestion delays on highways statewide.

The comments came as Deal spoke at the Georgia Logistics Summit, an annual conference for the shipping industry.

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