Local Update - June 29, 2007

Graniteville Settlement
Money is on the way this morninig for those in Graniteville injured in a train wreck and deadly chemical spill.
Monday, a federal judge approved a settlement paying thousands of dollars to about 480 people injured in a train derailment that released a cloud of cholrine over the town.
This morning, attorneys on both sides say they're pleased with the settlement.

Community Watchdog Sues Augusta's Commission
He's done it again.
Government watchdog Woody Merry filed another lawsuit Monday in Richmond County Superior Court.
The entire Augusta Commission and Mayor Deke Copenhaver are listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

Ravenel's Father Speaks Out
Thomas Ravenel's father says his son has a drug problem.
The former South Carolina Treasurer is facing cocaine charges.
His dad says he's in "pretty bad shape."
Prosecutors say 44-year-old ravenel bought cocaine to share with other people.

SC Governor in North Augusta Today
South Carolina's Governor will make a visit to North Augusta this afternoon.
He's planning to stop at the North Augusta Carpet Shop around 1:30
to talk about limiting government spending.

Columbia County Pre-K Update
The Columbia County School Board is expected to address the Pre-K program again today.
Board members chose to table the discussion a couple of months ago so they could bring in a State Board of Education representative to help them decide the best course of action.

Columbia County Doctor Sentencing
A Columbia County man will learn his fate today after being convicted of child abuse.
Former Augusta gynecologist Jerry Jackson Lee is set to be sentenced.
He's facing 10 to 20 years in prison.
Lee was convicted of sexual battery on a 9 year-old girl.


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