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Local Update - May 10, 2007

Posted: 05/10/2007 - Possible suspect in custody after arson home goes up in flames again, flea market fire update, Augusta Commission hard drive drama latest, more jobs coming to Aiken County.

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Two fires at Harrisburg home probably arson

Updated: 05/10/2007 - Investigators say arsonists are behind two fires last night at 1732 Watkins Street. It's an abandoned piece of property, and investigators say they've been to that address five times in the past two months.

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Hard drive claims raise city security concerns

Updated: 05/09/2007 - The controversy continues over city administrator Fred Russell's computer hard drive. Commissioner Marion Williams claims to have a copy of it, and now there are questions about how he got it and whether it was done legally.

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SC law enforcement teams up against gangs

Updated: 05/09/2007 - Police departments from the state capitol along with FBI agents came together at USC Aiken Wednesday to share tactics on how to gather intelligence on gangs. No matter where the gangs are, officers say the problems are the same.

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On Your Side: Renters Insurance

Posted: 05/09/2007 - Many of the business owners who rented out space in the flea market building that burned to the ground Monday are scrambling right now because they did not have insurance.

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No foul play in flea market fire

Updated: 05/09/2007 - After three days of investigating, officials say no foul play was involved in the devastating fire that destroyed the 700 foot main building of the South Augusta Flea Market.

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Augusta employment rate looking up

Updated: 05/10/2007 - Augusta's unemployment rate may soon be taking a dip down. Entry level jobs aren't always high-paying, but ADP and T-Mobile are changing that, making it easier for those with little experience.

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Manufacturer brings jobs to Graniteville

Posted: 05/09/2007 - There are new jobs coming to Aiken County. BAE systems will expand its facilities into the old Avondale distribution center at the Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville. BAE has contracts with the Department of Defense.

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Movie filmed in Aiken comes out in July

Posted: 05/09/2007 - You may remember when crews were in Aiken filming the movie Who's Your Caddy?, about a rapper from Atlanta who tries to join a conservative country club in the Carolinas. Now we know the release date.

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Teen makes threats at Wagener-Salley High School

Updated: 05/09/2007 - A 15-year-old Salley teenager was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office for making threats at Wagener-Salley High School, in Wagener. She is charged with two counts of threatening a school official.

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Richmond County discusses bomb threat policy

Updated: 05/09/2007 - Richmond County schools have seen more than 120 bomb threats this school year. Now leaders and parents are trying to figure out what they can do. Tuesday, they held a public meeting to discuss the options.

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Local Update - May 9, 2007

Updated: 05/09/2007 - Bomb threats cost you, City Attorney gets the boot, murdered Aiken teacher's daughter charged.

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Neighbor says daughter threatened slain teacher

Updated: 05/08/2007 - Police say 21-year-old Christina Mavris killed her mother, 56-year-old Aiken middle school teacher Dana Davis. Mavris was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant. Until now, officers had called her only a witness.

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Commission asks for city attorney's resignation

Updated: 05/08/2007 - Only four months after hiring him, Augusta commissioners have asked the new city attorney to resign. While the mayor wouldn't comment on Eugene Jessup's performance, he did say it was clear things just weren't working out.

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Williams says he has copy of Russell's hard drive

Posted: 05/08/2007 - Commissioner Marion Williams says he now has a copy of the city administrator's hard drive. Some leaders are accusing Fred Russell of doing personal business on the city computer.

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Waynesboro loses 300 jobs

Posted: 05/08/2007 - The Cummins Filtration Plant is closing, and employees just found out last week. The Waynesboro plant specialized in small engine and recreational vehicle products, and the company has decided not to make them anymore.

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On Your Side: Prescription Prices

Updated: 05/08/2007 - The US Senate has given two thumbs down to a bill that would make it legal for you to buy your prescription drugs from another country like Canada. This will keep your prescriptions pricey...but it could also keep you safe.

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Vendors reeling from flea market fire losses

Updated: 05/08/2007 - The agencies investigating the fire at the South Augusta Flea Market met Tuesday afternoon to go through the evidence. It was a hard day for the vendors who came out only to find they lost everything.

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Suspicious package found at Shelnut's office

Updated: 05/08/2007 - A suspicious package was found Tuesday afternoon at the office of former Board of Regents chairman Tim Shelnut. The Richmond County bomb squad, K-9 unit, and fire crews were called to the scene.

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Local Update - May 8, 2007

Posted: 05/08/2007 - Flea market fire; Richmond County seeks school bomb threat solution; Aiken County to choose interim superintendent; gas prices to $3/gallon in SC; Miller Theater vandalized.

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Owner says he brought fire code violations down

Updated: 05/08/2007 - The owner of the South Augusta Flea Market says he's going to do his best to work with authorities to find out what caused a devastating fire that destroyed the main building Monday.

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Daughter charged in teacher's murder

Posted: 05/08/2007 - Christina Elizabeth Mavris has been charged with murder in the death of her mother, Dana Davis. Davis was a beloved teacher at Schofield Middle School. She was found stabbed to death inside her burning home on Thursday, May 3.

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Vandals deface historic Miller Theater

Updated: 05/07/2007 - Investigators need your help in finding a group of at least 15 people they say vandalized the historic Miller Theater on Broad Street. They're hoping new surveillance video will help catch the vandals.

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Special Assignment: Reading Right

Updated: 05/07/2007 - When it comes to teaching our kids to read, one local school has it figured out. In Mrs. Wright's second grade class, learning to read and write has never been so much fun...and the right answers just keep coming.

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