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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.

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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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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