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Insurance benefits for same-sex couples in South Carolina

Updated: 11/21/2014 - It is the second day for South Carolina courts to issue marriage licenses for same sex couples. Aiken and Edgefield counties are the only ones that had anyone apply for a license today. Now that the ceremony is over they're ready for the same marriage benefits as everyone else.

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12 OYS: Teacher admits hitting 6th grader arrested on simple assault

Updated: 11/21/2014 - A Richmond County teacher is behind bars, accused of assaulting a middle school student. News 12 was in court when a judge issued an arrest warrant for 62-year-old Sam Arazie. The judge did allow Arazie to surrender to deputies with a charge of simple assault. For the first time since 12 On Your Side started investigating the alleged attack, we are hearing the teacher's side.

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Benefits of veterans court in Augusta

Updated: 11/21/2014 - A new addition to the Augusta Courts is helping keep veterans out of the system. The veteran treatment court is modeled after drug court, and is meant to help veterans with persisting problems.The new court system could help veterans and tax payers.

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Augusta man arrested on arson charges

Posted: 11/21/2014 - William Russell Masters has been booked into Charles B. Webster Detention Center and charged with arson in the second degree.

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Langley Dam siphoning system to help spot the leak

Updated: 2:28 PM - Dye packs narrowed the search for the leak in finding that the leak's coming from Langley Pond, not the spillway. On Wednesday, Aiken County Council approved $150,000 to help pinpoint the leak.

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Effects of same-sex marriage in South Carolina

Updated: 11/21/2014 - Same sex marriage is now legal in South Carolina. Today, judges issued licenses to couples across the state just like judges in 34 other states do, but it's not legal everywhere so couples are crossing that state line, which could help South Carolina's bottom line.

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Growing university gives growing pains to neighboring street

Updated: 11/21/2014 - Georgia Regents University's new Education Commons building off Laney Walker Blvd. is a sign the university is growing, but the growing pains are hitting one Augusta street. Now neighbors and student want help News 12's Jorge Lopez explains.

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Leaving your dog out in the cold could mean trouble

Updated: 11/20/2014 - News 12 has reported several stories over the years of owners abusing their pets or concerned neighbors calling animal control and saying nothing is ever done. When does neglect become criminal? What can authorities do to save those animals' lives? News 12 is on your side with laws that protect man's best friend

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News 12 Special Assignment | Football helmet safety

Updated: 11/21/2014 - On Friday nights, hundreds of high school football players take the field. For many families, it's not just a game. It's a way of life. News 12 has spent the last six weeks investigating how safe helmets used by area high schools are. We found some of our schools' helmets don't rank very high.

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12 OYS: refers ex-con contractor for job, says homeowner

Updated: 11/20/2014 - A lot of us might ask our friends or co-workers for a referral when we are looking to hire someone to work on our home. So you might think a company in the business of referring contractors would be even better than word of mouth. That is what one Augusta homeowner said when she turned to the website It put her in contact with a contractor who turned out to be an ex-con.

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FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill

Updated: 11/20/2014 - Deaths linked to abuse of the medications have quadrupled since 1990 to nearly 17,000 annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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President Elzey at SC State taking pay cut

Updated: 11/20/2014 - The Budget and Control Board this year approved a $6 million loan while a committee of current and former state college presidents has determined the university has an $18 million deficit.

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