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VA fires Phoenix hospital director

Posted: 5:48 PM - VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Helman's dismissal underscores the agency's commitment to hold leaders accountable and ensure that veterans have access to high-quality, timely care.

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12 OYS: Vandals wreak havoc on Butler High School campus, construction site

Updated: 6:54 PM - The school is supposed to be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, but it looks like it is open season for vandals. The contractor in charge of construction at Butler High School said someone is breaking in and smashing computers, shattering windows, and even destroying blueprints for the school's new look.

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12 OYS: Teacher admits hitting 6th grader arrested on simple assault

Updated: 11/21/2014 - A Richmond County teacher is behind bars, accused of assaulting a middle school student. News 12 was in court when a judge issued an arrest warrant for 62-year-old Sam Arazie. The judge did allow Arazie to surrender to deputies with a charge of simple assault. For the first time since 12 On Your Side started investigating the alleged attack, we are hearing the teacher's side.

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12 OYS: Homeadvisor.com refers ex-con contractor for job, says homeowner

Updated: 11/20/2014 - A lot of us might ask our friends or co-workers for a referral when we are looking to hire someone to work on our home. So you might think a company in the business of referring contractors would be even better than word of mouth. That is what one Augusta homeowner said when she turned to the website HomeAdvisor.com. It put her in contact with a contractor who turned out to be an ex-con.

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12 OYS: Paroled contractor accused of unfinished job, using loophole in law

Updated: 11/19/2014 - An ex-con concrete contractor at the center of a News 12 investigation last year, is out on parole and once again being accused of not finishing work he was paid to do. Cornelius White has a long criminal history that includes numerous counts of theft-by-deception and forgery. The latest On Your Side investigation uncovers how a possible loophole in the law could keep White from facing more jail time.

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Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

Updated: 11/20/2014 - Many toys, he said, continue to have the same hazardous designs, including small, detachable parts that infants can choke on; strings that can cause strangulation; dangerous projectiles; and misleading or confusing warning labels and instructions.

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Teacher who admits to hitting student has history of disciplinary action

Updated: 11/14/2014 - A Richmond County teacher who admits to hitting a middle schooler in a classroom, has a history of inappropriate behavior according to the district. While substitute teacher Sam Arazie has a pending court date in the most recent case, News 12 has obtained documents showing a pattern of complaints going back more than 20 years.

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12 OYS: Woman claims online cellphone buyback made bogus offer

Updated: 11/11/2014 - Many of us use our iPhones for calls, e-mails and even games. But when it is time to upgrade, getting rid of your old phone and getting cash back sounds like a golden opportunity. However, a News 12 viewer said she feels like a victim of a bait and switch after trusting one online company.

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VA vows focus on customer service

Posted: 11/10/2014 - The department will hire a chief customer service officer and will create a single regional framework that will encompass all aspects of the agency, from health care to benefits, loan centers and even cemetery plots. The VA now has nine organizational maps and at least a dozen websites, many with their own user names and passwords.

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Veterans weigh in on political change after Barrow loss, Allen win

Updated: 11/05/2014 - Congressman John Barrow is looking for a new job following Tuesday night's election upset to Republican Rick Allen. Both took the day off to recover from months of campaigning as the rest of us consider what the outcome will really mean.

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Walmart looks to hire 95 for new Augusta store

Updated: 11/03/2014 - Walmart is hiring 95 employees for the new Augusta Neighborhood Market which will open this winter, the company said in a release. Full-time and part-time positions will be available, Walmart said.

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12 OYS: Former Augusta VA doctor claims gastrointestinal backlog cover-up

Updated: 11/03/2014 - A former primary care physician who worked at Augusta's embattled VA hospital is speaking out about this week's resignation of his former boss, VA Director Robert Hamilton. Dr. Raymond Kostromin was fired from the VA in 2013. The VA accused him of stealing. He said he was retaliated against for bringing problems to his superiors.

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12 OYS: Augusta VA director resigning; feds investigate ongoing issues at hospital

Updated: 11/03/2014 - We have new developments regarding medical care at Augusta's VA hospital. Veteran Kenneth Dixon is suing the Department of Veterans' Affairs. He said during a 2010 hip surgery, doctors left a sponge inside him. Dixon claims he complained to medical personnel for 2 years that his hip was not healing properly. He sought corrective surgery from a doctor outside the VA. Dixon's lawsuit falls on the same day as Charlie Norwood VA Director Robert Hamilton announced his resignation.

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12 OYS: Elderly woman scammed out of $2,000 by fake check scheme

Updated: 10/29/2014 - A senior thought she hit the jackpot after she thought she won a sweepstakes promising her thousands of dollars. Instead, the con artists cashed in on everything in her bank account. It often starts with an unsolicited letter in the mail claiming that you have won a sweepstakes, or some other prize.

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