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Schrenko details money laundering scheme in court

Updated: 02/01/2007 - One last stand in Atlanta for former state school superintendent Linda Schrenko. After pleading guilty Wednesday to two felony charges, Schrenko is now a government witness.

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Perdue weighs in on Schrenko guilty plea

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Just one day after Linda Schrenko pleads guilty, Georgia's governor Sonny Perdue weighs in. News 12's Kate Tillotson caught up with him in Columbia County.

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A sad finale for Linda Schrenko

Updated: 02/01/2007 - A sad finale in a federal courtroom in Atlanta for former state school superintendent Linda Schrenko. News 12's Laurie Ott was the only local reporter in the courtroom as Schrenko took the stand to testify for the prosecution.

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Thermal imaging system helps firefighters save lives

Posted: 05/11/2006 - A new tool is helping Augusta firefighters see in total darkness. The technology was developed by the navy, and it filtered into the fire service. It's called a thermal imaging camera.

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5 Richmond Co. middle schools ordered to restructure

Updated: 05/11/2006 - More than 1700 schools across the country have not met adequate yearly progress for 5 years under President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. Now all of those schools are ordered to restructure.

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Schrenko testifies

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Linda Schrenko took the stand Thursday in the federal trial for her two former co-defendants, South Africans Stephan Botes and Peter Steyn. News 12's Laurie Ott was the only local reporter there for the dramatic start to testimony from the former superintendent herself.

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Three years of Schrenko: looking back

Updated: 02/01/2007 - A stunner at the Atlanta federal courthouse today as Linda Schrenko pleads guilty to two felony charges: conspiracy and money laundering. This ends two and a half years of investigations into more than $600,000 of federal education money that prosecutors say ended up in Schrenko's failed campaign for governor.

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I-20 car chase ends in 3 arrests

Posted: 05/10/2006 - Three people are in custody after a two-state car chase. It started after a shoplifting incident at the Augusta Mall. Richmond County deputies chased a stolen car on Interstate 20.

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Merle Temple arrested for obstruction of justice

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Merle Temple was arraigned on the 20th floor of the federal building in Atlanta on complaint of obstructing justice by contacting Schrenko after telling prosecutors on March 20 he would no longer do so.

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Aiken NAACP leaders take concerns step further

Posted: 05/10/2006 - Wednesday, May 9, the Aiken NAACP met with Aiken County school board members. They say minority candidates are being overlooked for administrator positions.

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Greenbrier Elementary principal on leave; BOE not talking

Posted: 05/10/2006 - Some Columbia County parents are wondering why an elementary school principal is on a leave of absence. Jonathan Pike, principal of Greenbrier Elementary School, is still technically on staff...but you won't find him at school.

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Schrenko enters plea deal with prosecutors

Updated: 02/01/2007 - "I just want to go home and be a retired old woman," Linda Schrenko said upon her arrival at court Wednesday morning. But Linda Schrenko won't be spending much time at her home. Federal prison is in the future for the former Georgia state school superintendent.

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Sanford wants to suspend SC gasoline tax over summer

Posted: 05/10/2006 - Wednesday, Governor Mark Sanford called on the South Carolina House and Senate to provide immediate tax relief to South Carolinians in the form of suspending the state's 16.75 cent per gallon gasoline tax from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Arrests in Dollar General robbery indicate inside job

Posted: 05/10/2006 - The Monday, May 10 robbery of the Dollar General on Old Petersburg Road appears to be an inside job. Two men with a gun held up the store just after closing time. Now deputies have arrested five people, including two juveniles.

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Mother may sue Columbia Co. BOE over toilet incident

Posted: 05/10/2006 - She's upset, she's confused, and she says she wants answers. A mother claims a River Ridge Elementary teacher forced her son to clean a toilet seat. Michelle Vann claims her son Xavier was singled out because he's African American.

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SCHRENKO PLEADS GUILTY

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Linda Schrenko has pled guilty to two counts: conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. She now faces 8 years in federal prison.

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Leonard testimony wraps up

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Richard Leonard is the former campaign manager for Schrenko's bid for governor. He completed his testimony Tuesday. Leonard testified he ran Schrenko's gubernatorial campaign out of his little townhouse on Monte Sano Avenue in Augusta.

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Aiken NAACP protests school board hiring practices

Posted: 05/09/2006 - Aiken NAACP president David Walker has filed formal complaints against the Aiken County School Board with the Federal Office of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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