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Mosquito season brings new disease

Updated: 06/25/2014 - Mosquito season is kicking off, and it's bringing a new sickness with it called Chikungunya. There's one confirmed case in south Georgia, and a mosquito expert says it's just a matter of time before it makes its way here. News 12's Jorge Lopez tells us how the virus made it to the states and what you need to know about it.

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FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

Posted: 06/17/2014 - The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told The Associated Press. Hamburg said in a recent interview that the sodium is "of huge interest and concern" to the agency.

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Veteran says VA Hospital Director's letter is just "pretty words"

Updated: 06/16/2014 - The battle continues as veterans fight for better care at VA hospitals here in Augusta and nationwide. Friday, News 12 got a letter from the director of our local VA Hospital outlining improvements in the facility. It comes just days after a federal audit highlights serious problems in care. News 12's Christie Ethridge sat down with a veteran who read the letter himself who says it all sounds good, but to him, it's just words.

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Sen. Tim Scott wants SC veteran facility audit

Updated: 06/12/2014 - Data released Monday showed patients seeking care through Columbia's VA hospital wait an average of 77 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor — more than five times longer than the department's goal.

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South Carolina girl's GoFundMe account breaks record

Updated: 06/04/2014 - A gene therapy trial scheduled for late 2014 is the family's only hope to make sure irreversible brain damage and the ability to speak isn't lost forever, the GoFundMe website said.

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SC legislators pass bill banning powdered alcohol

Updated: 06/04/2014 - The House agreed Tuesday to a Senate move that tacked the ban onto a bill about business alcohol licenses. The vote sends the amended measure to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk.

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Shinseki had support of many vet groups until end

Posted: 05/30/2014 - He's one of them -- a disabled veteran who lost part of his right foot to a mine in Vietnam, a soldier who riled superiors by telling Congress the U.S. needed more troops in Iraq than Washington wanted.

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GRU: Medical marijuana treatments months from starting

Updated: 04/28/2014 - A South Carolina mother is hoping lawmakers follow Georgia's lead when it comes to medical marijuana. This month, Governor Nathan Deal, set the plans for clinical trials in Georgia for kids with epilepsy. Deal picked GRU to lead study that could be the answer to prayers for parents on both sides of the river. The doctor in charge of the study tells News 12 they are only a few months away from treatment and the study will be open to any patient who meets requirements.

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Man learning to walk, eat again after case of the flu

Posted: 04/07/2014 - An Augusta man is glad to be alive after a serious case of the flu almost killed him. Chris Corbett spent months in the hospital during one of the most severe flu seasons we've seen in years. Now he's having to re-learn basic functions like eating and walking. News 12's Christie Ethridge sat down with him as he talks about his struggle to get back to normal life, and how he's just happy to be alive.

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