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Civil Rights Group Working to Prevent Crimes

Updated: 01/12/2006 - The shooting death of a local football star last weekend shook the community. Not only was Jeffrey Ellison well loved, he was victim to a senseless crime. News 12 is on your side with how one group hopes to prevent future deaths like his.

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New Patrol Cars Will Replace Worn Ones

Updated: 01/11/2006 - Despite Graniteville residents’ protests and petitions, the Aiken County Council decided more than $300,000 in state money will be given to the county sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s office has ordered 37 new cars. And as News 12 reports, they’re badly needed.

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Local Story Inspiring Soldiers Overseas

Updated: 01/11/2006 - Over four years ago a young boy’s life changed after he fell into a mop bucket at a day care. Later, GA law changed requiring day cares to notify parents if they are not insured. News 12 shows you how US soldiers overseas are getting new inspiration through his family’s story.

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Not Enough Homes for Local Foster Children

Posted: 01/11/2006 - It’s a child placement program that places foster children in homes, but the Georgia Youth Advocate program says it now has more children than families. The agency says it needs more families to open their homes.

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Crime Hotspots

Posted: 01/11/2006 - If you live or work near the interstate, you could be in a crime zone everyday. The interstate means easy access to hotels and businesses, access that could be responsible for crimes ranging from yesterday's armed robbery to a meth lab over at the Georgia Inn.

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Gov. Perdue Puts Emphasis on Education

Updated: 01/11/2006 - Governor Sonny Perdue is calling 2005 an economic comeback year for Georgia. Now he says education is at the top of his agenda for 2006. News 12 is on your side to explain the governor’s plans and how they will help out schools.

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Debate at Consolidation Meeting

Updated: 06/07/2006 - One county, one government. That's why more than a hundred unhappy people gathered in Appling Tuesday night. Their wuestion is how combining unincorporated Columbia County will affect them.

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Proposed Tobacco Ban

Posted: 01/10/2006 - It’s being called a cutting-edge plan to cut down on smoking. Aiken County’s council will hear a proposal to prohibit the use of any tobacco products at parks. News 12 is on your side on what this proposal would mean for you.

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Augusta Commissioners Deadlocked

Updated: 06/07/2006 - Augusta commissioners are still deadlocked on electing a mayor pro-tem. Until that position is filled, the city attorney says committee meetings cannot take place. News 12 is on your side to explain how the delay is holding up some of the city’s business.

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Warning Signs?

Posted: 01/10/2006 - The murders of two little boys by their own father has shocked North Augusta. The boys and their father were found dead Sunday evening in the father’s home. Gunner and Ryker’s parents were separated, but there were no signs that something like this would happen.

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Police: Dad Kills Sons, Then Himself

Updated: 01/09/2006 - Police in North Augusta spent Monday looking for clues in what they call a murder-suicide. They say a father killed his two young sons, then himself. The bodies were found Sunday, along with a videotape confession from the dad.

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A Tale of Tragedy

Posted: 01/09/2006 - We’ve seen it all on tape, the sights and sounds of that tragic day in Graniteville. But tonight, we hear from one woman whose story of survival ended up in print. She not only survived the chlorine spill, but also became a national headline herself after writing a book about it.

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Community Reacts to Railroad Safety Changes

Posted: 01/06/2006 - Norfolk Southern has done a lot to make sure that a tragedy like the one a year ago does not happen again. But as News 12 reports, some residents don’t feel the changes are good enough.

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Little One Left Behind

Updated: 01/06/2006 - As nine balloons representing nine victims raise to the sky, one balloon is left behind, just like the small hand that holds it. This is Steven Bagby Jr. He’s one year and 10 days old. His dad worked at Avondale Mills and was killed from the chlorine spill.

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Vigil For Train Accident Victims

Updated: 01/06/2006 - As tears glisten in the candlelight , families cling to each other for healing. They also cling to God. “We thank you God that you brought us together as one,” the pastor said, praying.

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FRA Orders Railroad Safety Improvements

Posted: 01/06/2006 - Ten months after the deadly chlorine release, the Federal Railroad Administration ordered all railroad companies to improve manual track switching procedures. And while Norfolk Southern says the FRA’s mandation will only make it safer.

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Commission Retreat

Updated: 06/07/2006 - Mayor Deke Copenhaver tries to build teamwork with the Augusta commission with plans for a retreat, a retreat that may be the key to breaking the gridlock on the commission.

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Healthy SC Challenge Helping With New Years Goals

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Looking to get fit in the New Year? Maybe it’s time to join in on the Healthy South Carolina Challenge. First Lady Jenny Sanford talked with News 12 about how you can join in and get some help setting your goals.

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Same-Sex Classrooms in Harlem

Updated: 01/05/2006 - Boys and girls in one Columbia County school won't be sharing the same classroom anymore, at least for the rest of this school year. Harlem Middle is one of several schools that didn't meet federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Metal Bars Hinder Fire Rescue

Posted: 01/05/2006 - And as family and friends are shocked by the tragic ending, fire inspectors say metal burglar bars made it hard for firefighters to do their jobs. The device designed to keep burglars out did the same thing when it came to firefighters.

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Lawmakers Have Consolidation Questions

Updated: 06/07/2006 - Columbia County commissioners hope consolidation will get the go ahead at the legislative session starting Monday. But the bill could sit on the shelf for another year.

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Augusta Commission Gridlock

Updated: 06/07/2006 - It’s a new year with some of the same old problems for the Augusta commission. News 12 explains why commissioners are gridlocked on several key issues and how the mayor plans to get them to work together.

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Law Strenghtens Crimestoppers

Posted: 01/04/2006 - Law enforcement and lawmakers know you hold the answers to many unsolved crimes. Crimestoppers is nothing new. News 12 explains how a law will protect tipsters and strengthen Crimestoppers.

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Cardale Gibbons Sentenced for 2004 Murder

Updated: 01/04/2006 - Shanequa Carpenter was a mother of three. She was only 24-years-old when she was killed. Ernest Bussey has already admitted to the murder and is serving a life sentence. Co-defendant Cardale Gibbons was also charged with Carpenter’s murder.

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First Commission Meeting of the Year

Updated: 06/07/2006 - One of the big items on the commission’s agenda was the election of a Mayor Pro-Tem. This is the person who will preside in the absence of Mayor Copenhaver. Marion Williams and Andy Cheek were nominated for the position.

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