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SC asks gay marriage challenge dismissal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 1:06pm

 

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A federal judge should dismiss a challenge to South Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage following last week’s federal appeals court ruling upholding such bans in other states, Attorney General Alan Wilson says in legal arguments filed Monday.

 

“The recent tide of same-sex marriage cases has run squarely into the extremely well- reasoned opinion” by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Wilson wrote in a motion filed in federal court in Charleston.

 

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Beech Island teen suspect in custody

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:50pm

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A teen wanted for a September attempted burglary in Beech Island is in custody.

Aiken County police have been searching for Marquise Terrel Green, 18, since he was identified as a suspect in the Sept. 26 attempted burglary of a home on the 300 block of Church Road.

Police located Green on Sunday at a home on Dorsett-Kenzie Road after receiving a tip on his whereabouts.

Green was booked into the Aiken County detention center on a charge of housebreaking/attempting to enter.

Driver eludes deputy despite stun gun

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:38pm

 

Police said a man drove away from a traffic stop Sunday despite being shot with a stun gun.

According to an incident report, Deputy Matthew Sanderson stopped a silver GMC Yukon about 1:15 a.m. on Stevens Creek Road for following too closely.

The deputy said he checked the tag and found it had been reported stolen Friday and belonged on a different vehicle.

There were two men in the vehicle, Sanderson said, He asked the driver, who said he did not have his wallet or identification, to get out, but he refused.

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Barrow leaving Augusta, moving back to Athens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:49am

 

After losing his seat in the U.S. House, Rep. John Barrow is selling his Augusta home.

 

Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo confirmed Monday that the Democratic congressman put his house on the market after losing his re-election bid last Tuesday. Carbo said Barrow plans to move back to Athens, where his children live and he still has a family home.

 

Republican Rick Allen, an Augusta construction company owner, received 55 percent of the vote last week to deny Barrow a sixth term in Congress.

 

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Atlanta judge lifts story ban

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:34am

 

ATLANTA — The judge presiding over the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial has lifted an order barring media outlets from reporting a specific story related to the case.

Media reports said Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter on Friday signed an order that prohibited the media, particularly television station Fox 5 Atlanta, from airing “a certain news story.”

Baxter lifted the order during a hearing Monday before media lawyers got a chance to make arguments.

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Why were political polls off mark?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 8:00am

 

ATLANTA -- Although Georgians may be relieved not to be hearing nine more weeks of political ads, they were likely surprised last Tuesday when the election results proved more decisive than most public surveys had predicted.

For months, the polls had suggested races for governor and senator that would be too close to call, leading to runoffs in December and January when no one got a majority. Even during the Republican primary runoff in May, some polls had Jack Kingston winning instead of the eventual winner, David Perdue.

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