News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 27, 2006

Black Friday shopping

Today's the busiest online shopping day, also known as Cyber Monday.

You may have been one of those many shoppers who racked up on steals and deals for Black Friday.

We found some from Augusta who went across the river to Aiken, where shoppers got a tax break for the first time ever on this busy shopping weekend.

Analysts expect the average American will spend just under $800 on holiday shopping this year.

Thanksgiving traffic deaths

This Thanksgiving weekend proved to be deadly on the roads in Georgia and South Carolina.

The Georgia Highway Patrol reports 18 fatalities from their predicted 20, and South Carolina had five fatalities.

The deadliest stretch of road in Georgia is the Athens, Gainesville, and Toccoa area. Five people died there, and four more died near the Atlanta area.

12-year-old dies in motorcycle wreck

A motorcycle wreck in Aiken leaves a 12 year old girl dead.

Anna Flowers of Salley was riding on a motorcycle driven by her 18-year-old brother, Ben Flowers, on Saturday.

Ben tried to pass a vehicle and wrecked.

He remains at MCG with serious injuries.

Charges are pending in the accident. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

Temple requests presidential pardon

Linda Schrenko's former campaign manager is now asking for President Bush's help.

Merle Temple says he wants Bush to give him a presidential pardon because of his wife's medical condition.

The 58-year-old Evans resident was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty last year to charges of conspiracy, theft of federal funds, and wire fraud.

Thomson man charged with murder

A Thomson man is behind bars charged with murder.

Michael Johnson is charged with the murder of Todd Brooks.

On Wednesday night, Brooks was shot and killed along Wrens Highway.

Johnson is also charged with having a concealed weapon during a crime.

Commission tackles controversy

Augusta commissioners have their work cut out for them this week.

Tuesday they'll re-address two controversial issues.

At 10 a.m. the Recreation Department Study Subcommittee will meet at the Municipal Building.

They're looking into allegations of unfair hiring practices by director Tom Beck.

Then later in the afternoon, a public hearing will be held on changes to Augusta's public transit system.

Service changes include a $1 fare each time you board with no transfers and several cutbacks to routes.

The public hearing will take place at May Park from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.

Passengers will be given a chance to comment on the changes.

Advance voting

Advance voting begins today in Richmond County for the December 5th election runoff.

Venus Cain is looking to unseat A.K. Hasan in the Board of Education's Super 9 District.

And in the superior court judge race, J. David Roper's up against Bill Williams.

You can vote today until 6:30 p.m. at the Henry Brigham Recreation Center, Warren Road Recreation Center and the Board of Elections.

Coming Up

Athens Restaurant and Taverna has been a fixture for more than 20 years in Martinez, with a taste of Greek food and drinks.

Tuesday, find out what's about to change.

That's on News 12 This Morning starting at 5:30 a.m.