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McDuffie Co. breaks ground on brand new hospital

Updated: 04/19/2013 - The 30 million dollar hospital will initially include a 68,000 square foot facility with 25 private rooms, an Emergency department with a heliport, and updated technology.

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Flesh-eating bacteria grips a local teen, almost loses leg

Updated: 04/14/2013 - Flesh-eating bacteria grips a local teen after he slips and cuts his leg at the Savannah Rapids. Several surgeries later, News 12's Christie Ethridge reports Lakeside High senior Stephen Holt is lucky to have his leg and his life.

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Mom says bat problem at local middle school making child sick

Updated: 04/03/2013 - Cleanup is underway tonight at a middle school after bats and their droppings were discovered inside the ceiling. Now we've learned the problem got so bad last week, students in one class had to move outside for the day. News 12's Christie Ethridge reports one mom says this isn't just gross -- it's making her daughter sick.

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GRU Augusta celebrates LBGT Health Awareness Week

Updated: 03/27/2013 - For the second year, GRU Augusta has hosted its LGBT Health Awareness Week, and Wednesday's topic was focused on the transgender community, but one current news issue could not be ignored.

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GRU holds community forum to talk about new tobacco policy

Posted: 03/21/2013 - It began with a kickoff at noon outside the student activity center and continued with a community forum giving students and faculty both for and against the policy a chance to speak. Out of around 4,500 universities across the nation GRU will be one of just 767 that are tobacco free.

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Controversial Aiken chicken house to face one final hurdle

Aiken Chicken Farm

Updated: 03/20/2013 - Some neighbors in an Aiken County community are still fighting against a planned chicken farm. Many tell News 12 they don't want it across the street from where they live. The proposed chicken houses will be the topic of a hearing in Columbia on Thursday.

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GRU announces new tobacco policy for campus

Updated: 03/20/2013 - March 20th is National Kick Butts Day. Almost 1,300 events were planned across the country to motivate people to quit smoking and using tobacco products.

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Take Back the Day 5K Run/Walk set for April 20

Take Back The Day 5K Run/Walk (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 03/20/2013 - As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Georgia Regents University and Paine College have teamed up to plan multiple events throughout April to spread awareness.

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Pharmacy recalling drug distributed in Ga., SC

Drug Recall

Updated: 03/20/2013 - The compounding pharmacy is recalling 40 lots of Avastin distributed to doctors' offices in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Indiana since December.

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Study: Beaufort healthiest county in SC

Updated: 03/20/2013 - The rankings released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin cite the coastal county's relatively low adult obesity rate of 21 percent, as well as an active adult population.

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Rabid fox bites man in south Augusta

Updated: 03/11/2013 - This is the first incident of rabies so far this year in Richmond County. Now, the health department is warning everyone in the area to avoid wild animals. They say to have all pets vaccinated for rabies and call in any unusual sightings.

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Paine College holds HIV/AIDS forum

Posted: 03/08/2013 - National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day is this Sunday, but one local college isn't waiting for the weekend. Paine College hosted an awareness forum Friday morning for their students.

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Access to mental health can help in preventing violent tragedies

Updated: 03/05/2013 - After the latest mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, President Obama has promised to make the country safer by making it harder to buy guns; but he also says access to mental health can help in preventing violent tragedies. However, getting that help can be difficult.

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Smart Heart: Getting Heart Healthy

Smart Heart

Updated: 02/27/2013 - All month long, News 12 has been introducing you to people who became heart healthy because they needed to be. But here's the thing: 50 percent of people who have heart attacks are healthy with normal weight and cholesterol levels.

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STD rates for Ga., Richmond Co. at all-time high

Posted: 02/27/2013 - Georgia STD rates are at an all-all time high, with Richmond and Columbia counties seeing increased cases, too. Some local health officials are worried those numbers will keep climbing and just want to spread the word, not the disease.

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