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Local Legislators Fight for Property Rights

Updated: 11/14/2005 - If the government thinks your property could be more useful for commercial development to boost the economy, a Supreme Court ruling gives them the power to take it. News 12 is on your side with what your local lawmakers are doing to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

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SPLOST Projects

Updated: 11/14/2005 - On Tuesday, voters decided to extend the penny sales tax to include another $160 million phase. But when can we expect to see some of the SPLOST projects actually started?

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Graniteville Residents Start Petition To Get Money

Posted: 11/11/2005 - People in Graniteville are upset that money designated for disaster relief isn’t going directly to their city. The state legislature designated over $300,000 for disaster relief, but most if it is going to purchase new police cars for the county.

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Apartment Fire in North Augusta

Updated: 11/14/2005 - Two families are without homes Friday night after a fire destroyed their apartments. But it could have been much worse. North Augusta Public Safety sent out a general alarm, which could have prevented more apartments from going up in flames.

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Panic Buttons in Schools

Updated: 11/11/2005 - They’re called panic buttons and their purpose is to prevent panics in Georgia’s classrooms. News 12 is on your side with how these buttons could soon make your child a whole lot safer.

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Raises for City Workers

Updated: 11/10/2005 - A week ago, Augusta firefighters learned they would get an immediate four percent pay increase, shortly after deputies got one. Now, some workers in Augusta’s Utilities Department say they will fight for one, too.

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Special Assignment: In Plain Sight, Part 2

Updated: 06/21/2006 - There are 11,000 sex offenders on the state registry in Georgia, and those are only the ones tracked by the GBI. But soon hundreds of them will fall off the registry, and they’ll be free to roam undetected in the communities where you live

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Terrorism Training at Fort Gordon

Updated: 11/10/2005 - The war of terrorism requires a different strategy than the U.S. has used in past wars. News 12 spent the night at Fort Gordon going through part of that training, learning to beat an enemy that is hard to find.

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Jail Expansion

Updated: 11/10/2005 - Voters have said yes, but are the plans in place? And if so, what are they? News 12 is on your side with how your tax dollars will create new jail space in South Augusta.

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Special Assignment: In Plain Sight, Part 1

Updated: 06/21/2006 - Since the mid 90’s, Georgia has required sex offenders to register with the state so you can easily learn who’s living in your neighborhood. But how well is this system working?

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Columbia County School Progress

Updated: 11/09/2005 - Some Columbia County schools are among the top in the state. Eleven meet or exceed the minimum standards and test scores set by the state, and they were honored at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

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Helen Blocker-Adams' Final Push for Mayor

Updated: 11/08/2005 - She’s made her living as a business consultant and now she wants to be your mayor. Her platform is small business and big change. Helen Blocker-Adams would be a new face for downtown Augusta, but that’s exactly what she says sets her apart.

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If Deke Copenhaver Wins...

Updated: 11/08/2005 - Candidate Deke Copenhaver wants to start giving the mayor more power if he wins tomorrow. The candidate with the most difficult name to say is doing all he can to get people to remember it.

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Fighting for SPLOST

Updated: 11/08/2005 - We’re less than an hour away from learning if voters have changed the way they feel about a Special Local Option Sales Tax. Some of the projects the one-cent sales tax will be used for are a new jail, courthouse and new library.

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Special Assignment: Augusta Gangs

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Crime and violence where you live, due in part to gang activity in Augusta. But the traditional gang isn’t necessarily what you’ll find here. News 12 is on your side with how police are cracking down on gang-related crimes in your area.

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Bricks Thrown at Cars on Halloween

Updated: 11/08/2005 - Teenagers are notorious for pulling pranks, especially on Halloween. And police say that’s exactly what happened last Monday night, expect this time it could’ve killed someone.

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Last Minute Campaigning for Mayoral Candidates

Updated: 11/07/2005 - Tuesday is Election Day and the four candidates for mayor will spend the final hours trying to get every vote they can. News 12 is on your side to show you how they’re spending the last moments on the campaign trail.

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Alcohol Sales up for Debate

Updated: 11/07/2005 - You may soon be able to buy alcohol in Grovetown on Sundays. That’s up to a vote Tuesday and this is stirring up a debate. News 12 is on your side with why some think this will bring much-needed business to the area, and others think it’s morally wrong.

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Tornado Warning Device

Updated: 11/07/2005 - The tornados have put a spotlight on overnight storms while many people are asleep. News 12 is on your side with more on a device that, if implemented, could help save your life.

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Soldiers Return Home to Fort Gordon

Updated: 11/07/2005 - It’s a day nearly 365 days in the making. 300 members of Fort Gordon’s 297th Military Intelligence Battalion returned home Saturday. News 12 has more from the emotional homecoming.

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School Bus Stabbing

Updated: 11/04/2005 - News 12 has learned the five Hephzibah high school students involved in a school bus stabbing will be suspended for ten days. On Friday, the parent of Shanice Scott, the student stabbed, met with Hephzibah High Principal Dr. Veta New.

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Phelon Shooting Repsonders Remeber The 'Intense' Day

Updated: 11/04/2005 - It was September 15, 1997 at about 3:00 in the afternoon as shifts changed at R.E. Phelon when Hastings Wise stormed in. This former employee was fired about a month before for his temper.

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A First Listen To 911 Tapes During 1997 Phelon Shooting

Updated: 11/04/2005 - Only on 12, we’re hearing for the first time the 9-1-1 calls from people inside the Phelon Plant during Wise’s shooting. The calls reveal the fear workers inside the building experienced.

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5 Under 35: Dr. Seretha Williams

Posted: 11/04/2005 - It’s her second award ever in her life, and she’s grateful for it. Lounge Magazine recently gave Dr. Seretha Williams the 5 Under 35 Award. It’s for her dedication and hard work in the community. News 12 follows her to the place where you can clearly see it.

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Special Assignment: Kids and Cosmetic Surgery

Updated: 02/01/2007 - It’s a choice not all parents would agree with: putting your child through two hours of surgery for the sake of appearance. But News 12 found one family who did just that to avoid bullying later on. News 12 is on your side with how Otoplasty changed a little boy’s life.

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