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Mexican gets 18-year drug sentence

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:05am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Mexican citizen living in rural south Georgia has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a drug plot.

According to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eric Arrana-Garcia, 39, who lived in Blackshear, Ga., was sentenced last week by United States District Judge William T. Moore, Jr. to 18 years in prison for his role in a meth conspiracy operating in southeast Georgia and elsewhere.

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Azziz June 30 resignation accepted

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:30am

The Georgia regents have accepted the resignation of GRU President Ricardo Azziz effective June 30.

Azziz did not attend the meeting, and the regents, themselves, made no comments afterward and referred all questions to a spokesman.

Hank Huckaby, Georgia university system chancellor, said this morning he had a letter from Azziz on his desk and that Azziz’s decision to leave was voluntary.

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Ga. health exchange enrollment nears 400,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:00am

ATLANTA -- Almost 400,000 Georgians are signed up for coverage in the 2015 health insurance exchange, federal officials announced Wednesday.

The Georgia signup total as of Jan. 9 greatly exceeds the state’s 316,543 enrollees during the first open enrollment last year. The enrollment period this year ends Feb. 15.

U.S. Health and Human Services officials, who released Georgia’s 398,781 enrollment figure, did not include details on plan design, age, or other such characteristics.

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Most USC sports grade over 3.0

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:39am

COLUMBIA — Football was the only one of South Carolina’s 18 athletic programs to have a grade-point average of less 3.0 for the recently finished fall semester.

The school released its academic report Wednesday. Football finished the semester with a 2.693 GPA.

Women’s tennis led the way at 3.542. South Carolina’s athletes finished with an overall GPA of 3.208, which the department said was the 16th straight semester they’d been at 3.0 or higher.

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