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Cost estimate for MOX facility at Savannah River Site swells to $47.5 billion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:00pm

The cost estimate to finish building and operating the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site has swelled to $47.5 billion, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

A second option for plutonium disposition, called downblending, was estimated to cost $17.2 billion in a report released to Congress on Wednesday, according to the NNSA, a semi-autonomous branch of the U.S. Department of Energy that manages the MOX facility.

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Augusta man previously convicted of manslaughter faces new charges involving firearms

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:51pm


An Augusta man previously convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a neighbor was indicted this week on new charges of reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the indictment returned Tuesday by the Richmond County grand jury, Johnny Dinh, 23, is accused of endangering the safety of others Feb. 1 when he fired a shotgun in the air at a home on James Drive.

Dinh is also accused of possessing a 12-gauge Mossberg that day and a 25-caliber Beretta. As a convicted felon, Dinh is not allowed to have any firearm.

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Azziz talks family, legacy in last address

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:17pm

The thing that got to Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz as he gave his last State of the Enterprise address Wednesday was talking about his kids and what they had been through over the last nearly five years.

“Most off all, my gratitude goes to my family. My wife, Cindy, my children, Ashlee, Jonathon and Mallory for their love and support,” Azziz said, choking up. “For their belief in the vision and the righteousness of our mission, for their belief that we were doing the best for our community. To them, thank you.”

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April showers easing rainfall deficit in Augusta area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:01pm

A particularly wet month is helping to drastically drop the rainfall deficit in the Augusta area.

At the end of March, the Augusta area was looking at more than 2 inches of rainfall deficit for the year, but as of Wednesday that number had dropped to 0.48 inches below normal.

“It’s looking good precipitation wise and moisture wise over there,” state climatologist Bill Murphey said the of deficit.

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Woman, 94, dies from March traffic injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:25pm


An elderly woman who crashed her car into a home last month died earlier this week, Coroner Mark Bowen confirmed Wednesday.

Virginia Rivers Carpenter Long, 94, died Monday at Georgia Regents Medical Center, where she has been hospitalized since the March 8 crash.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and state troopers arrived at 2914 Walden Drive to find Long’s Toyota Camry wedged into the corner of the single-story brick home.

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I-16 wreck near Savannah kills 5 Georgia Southern students

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:24pm


ELLABELL, Ga. — Authorities in Georgia say five people are dead after a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic on Interstate 16 west of Savannah.

Sgt. 1st Class Chris Nease of the Georgia State Patrol said the deadly collision happened early Wednesday as an unrelated crash about a mile up the highway was forcing traffic to slow down. He says a tractor-trailer slammed into an SUV and a car before colliding with the back of a tanker truck.

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Ga. attorney general won't fight Supreme Court ruling if it allows gay marriage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:06pm




ATLANTA – Georgia’s top lawyer said Wednesday that he would not fight if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in June that gay marriage is a right and that state bans are unconstitutional.

Attorney General Sam Olens was responding to a reporter’s question during a speech to the Atlanta Press Club.

The nation’s highest court is expected to rule soon on one of the country’s most volatile issues. It’s trying to set a national position after conflicting decisions by various federal courts have created confusion.

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River Glen homicide victim named

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:53am

Coroner Mark Bowen has identified a man who died at Riven Glen apartments Tuesday after what police said appeared to have been a beating.

The victim was identified as Leonel Vasquez-Calvo, 51, homeless.

Police responded to the apartment complex at 201 E. Telfair St., and discovered Vasquez-Calvo with injuries consistent with a beating. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 1:30 a.m.

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