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South Carolina moves towards 12-year school bus replacement cycle

Posted: 03/23/2006 - Wednesday, South Carolina's Senate Education Committee approved a bill to require the state to replace its school buses every 12 years. The Education Department says it needs to buy up to 400 new buses each year at about $60,000 each to support a 12-year replacement cycle.

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Charges against Barry Tabor dropped

Posted: 03/22/2006 - Charges against Barry Tabor in the Mack Smith murder trial have been dropped due to lack of evidence. The prosecution rested its case without calling Ashley Smith to the stand.

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Bus driver's response to rowdy students results in his arrest

Updated: 03/23/2006 - Handling rowdy children is in the job detail for a school bus driver. And by simply using his training, a Columbia County bus driver could have avoided an arrest. A Columbia County school bus driver is arrested for assaulting a rowdy student.

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Concerns rise about safety of abortion pill RU486

Posted: 03/22/2006 - Since it was approved in 2000, the abortion pill known as RU486 has been used by more than half a million women in the US. But there are new safety concerns about the drug.

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Churches and bars may now co-exist in downtown Augusta

Posted: 03/22/2006 - Proposed changes to the alcohol ordinance in downtown Augusta were up for a second reading at Tuesday's commission meeting. One change alters the way distance is measured between bars and churches. The other change causes the distance requirement not to apply to any structure not originally built to be a church.

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Local Army defense lawyer wins detainee abuse case, clears soldier's name

Posted: 03/21/2006 - It was a trial against a U.S. Army sergeant that gained international attention, and the man called to defend him, Army defense lawyer Capt. Michael Waddington, is stationed at Fort Gordon. News 12's Domonique Benn has the story of a Fort Gordon lawyer who fought to clear one sergeant's name.

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March 21: Mack Smith murder trial, Day 2

Updated: 03/22/2006 - Witnesses are taking the stand in a five-year-old murder case in a Columbia County courtroom. Mack Smith was stabbed to death in 2001. 2 men, Barry Tabor and Corey Coggins, are standing trial for his murder.

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Government expects bird flu in US in 2006

Posted: 03/21/2006 - The government expects the bird flu to arrive in the US this year. The virus can infect people who come in close contact with infected birds. It has killed nearly 100 people worldwide.

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