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Commission seeks answers to nearly $5 million deficit

Updated: 06/07/2006 - City leaders in Augusta are looking everywhere to find the money they need to pay for salaries and services. Tuesday, Augusta commissioners talked about some big changes to make up for their nearly $5 million deficit.

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Eighth graders attend summer school to try and pass CRCT

Posted: 06/06/2006 - This is the first year eighth graders are required to pass the criterion-referenced competency tests, or CRCT. Scores released this week by the Georgia Department of Education show 23 percent of eighth graders failed the math test and 11 percent failed reading.

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Neighborhood sees several hundred dangerous crimes in two months

Posted: 06/06/2006 - Richmond County deputies are on the hunt for the person who shot and killed a man early Tuesday morning, June 6. It happened in a place police call very dangerous: the 1500 block of Maple Street off Old Savannah Road in Augusta.

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Men cash stolen payroll checks, still at large

Posted: 06/06/2006 - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office needs your help to find the men in these photos. They cashed nearly $5000 in stolen payroll checks at security federal bank in North Augusta.

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Pedestal for James Brown statue on its way

Updated: 01/09/2007 - In case you've noticed the James Brown statue is missing, News 12 has learned it's in storage. Martha King of Augusta Cares tells us the long-awaited pedestal for the statue is on its way.

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Richmond County deputies handle second standoff in one day

Posted: 06/06/2006 - Monday, June 5 saw two police standoffs in Augusta. The second took place in the Lake Olmstead area, at the 2000 block of Clark Street. Even though the negotiations team was able to talk their way into a peaceful surrender, neighbors say it was the longest two hours of their lives.

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Domestic dispute leads to police standoff

Posted: 06/05/2006 - An Augusta man is behind bars after a standoff with deputies Monday morning, June 5. It happened at a home on New Milledgeville Road, near New McDuffie Road. Deputies say it all started with a domestic dispute.

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Local leaders speak out on same-sex marriage debate

Updated: 06/07/2006 - President Bush is starting an aggressive push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. News 12 talked to local political and religious leaders about whether marriage should be defined in the constitution or left up to the states.

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Crash victim feels lucky to be alive

Posted: 06/05/2006 - 20-year-old Tiara Smith could be looking at more charges after Sunday's deadly wreck at Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road. Andre Cumbermack realizes it could have been him that was killed in the June 4 accident.

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Wreck claims lives of man, his mother, and his unborn child

Updated: 06/20/2006 - It was a scary afternoon for drivers on Washington Road near its intersection with Bobby Jones Expressway on Sunday, May 4. There, accused shoplifters caused a wreck that cost two people and an unborn child their lives.

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Organizers look forward to next year's James Brown Music Festival

Updated: 06/07/2006 - For the past few months, the James Brown Music Festival has stirred controversy...and that's something festival planners hope to prevent next year. News 12's Stephanie Baker talked to planners about how to make next year's festival run smoothly.

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Two new downtown arts venues hold grand openings

Posted: 06/05/2006 - There are now two additional stages for Augusta's actors and artists. Both the Blue Horse Music Hall and a black box theatre now called Le Chat Noir now have new names and new looks.

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Local candidates may mean higher local voter turnout in SC primary

Updated: 06/07/2006 - The South Carolina primary is less than two weeks away, and several local candidates are in the race. This may bring some extra voters to the polls. It's just a primary, but candidates are already campaigning with everything they've got...including three names you already know well.

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Augusta considers selling Riverwalk land to condo developer

Updated: 06/07/2006 - A major condominium project could be home to some prime real estate on the Augusta Riverwalk. A developer has offered to pay $1.8 million for the site. But the planned project is getting mixed reaction from commissioners and the mayor.

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Animal oxygen masks donated to Aiken Public Safety

Posted: 06/02/2006 - Friday, June 2, Aiken Public Safety showed off their new oxygen masks for animals. 42 masks were donated to the department, and those will be spread across Aiken County law enforcement.

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Graniteville residents talk consolidation

Posted: 06/02/2006 - A recovery effort a year and a half long, and now, talk of consolidation among three towns in the valley. What difference will it really make? Graniteville, Vaucluse, and Warrenville are three separate towns that some want to see merge into one, for several reasons.

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Grandmother passes GED exam

Posted: 06/01/2006 - Tonight more than 100 students will graduate with their GED from Augusta Tech. More and more people are returning to school to get their high school equivalency diplomas. Augusta ranks third in the state with the number of GED graduates.

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Aiken County simplifies car tax, tag process

Posted: 06/01/2006 - Renewing your car tags in Aiken County just got a lot faster. News 12's Kristen Cosby looks at the new process in the quest for the little sticker.

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Augusta shooting leaves 1 dead

Updated: 06/01/2006 - One man is dead and another person is in custody in a shooting this morning in Augusta. The shooting happened sometime around 5:30 am in the 1400 block of Florence Street between Laney Walker and Wrightsboro Road.

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Army helicopter crashes in Georgia; 4 soldiers dead

Updated: 06/01/2006 - Four soldiers are dead and another hurt after an army helicopter crashed between Albany and Moultrie, Georgia, near the town of Doerun. Reports say the helicopter clipped a guy wire on a 1000-foot tall TV tower about 8 am.

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Major drug ring busted in Columbia County

Posted: 05/31/2006 - A major drug ring is busted in Columbia County, and one of the suspects works in the school system. Nine people in the King Villa subdivision off Washington Road were arrested.

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Steven Kendrick files intent to run for mayor

Posted: 05/31/2006 - There are six more months before Augusta's mayoral election, and more potential candidates are filing intent cards to run for the office. News 12's Domonique Benn talks with the latest candidate and political newcomer vying for the mayor's seat.

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Aiken public works vehicles to switch to biodiesel

Posted: 05/31/2006 - The city of Aiken is taking a step into the future: they're switching all their public works vehicles to alternative fuel. Leaders voted to use biodiesel for power after a successful trial with two city trucks.

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Aiken Public Safety bags counterfeit clothes

Posted: 05/31/2006 - Fake, counterfeit, phony...whatever you call it, if you're selling it in Aiken, watch out. Investigators say they seized counterfeit clothes at an Aiken store Tuesday, May 30...and they're out looking for more.

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