Local Update - August 13, 2007

Richmond County Busses Roll
Busses in Richmond County picked up kids for their first day of school.
Parents are breathing a sigh of relief the drivers showed up to work today.
Union drivers threatened a sit-in for this first day of school, but Superintendent Dr. Danna Bedden met with members Friday to smooth things over.
He will now investigate their complaints.

Searching for a Killer
Investigators are looking for the man who pulled the trigger in a deadly Burke County shooting.
GBI agents want to find Stanley Howard.
They say he killed 16 year-old Damian Wright.
Wright was also armed.
Agents say Howard should be considered armed and dangerous.

Third Trial for Palmer
A man formerly on death row is heading back to court to find out his fate.
54 year-old Willie Palmer will stand trial for a third time for the 1995 killing of his wife and her daughter.
In 1997, Palmer's trial ended in a mistrial due to extensive media coverage.
In a second trial, the court convicted Palmer of the crime and sentenced him to death, but an appeals court ruled the conviction was flawed because a key witness was paid for his testimony.

Life For Hotel Arsonist
The man who killed six people in a hotel fire will not be put to death, but he will have to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
A judge will sentence Eric Hans to life in federal prison without parole for setting a Greenville Comfort Inn on fire back in 2004.
One of the victims in that fire was a North Augusta woman, 19 year-old Alison Barfield.

What's the Frequency?
You might have to change your preset stations in your car if you listen to Augusta's Eagle or the Bull.
Workers with Clear Channel say those two stations will be swapping frequencies.
This morning, Eagle will move to 105.7.
Later this month, the Bull will take its place at 102.3.
Neither station will change its format.


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