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Augusta City employees could get $1,500 raise next year

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Updated: 10/16/2013 - City Administrator Fred Russell gave leaders a first look at next year's budget. It includes raises for city employees. The budget actually has eight million dollars more in recommendations from last year.

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Are you ready for a new rain tax?

Updated: 10/16/2013 - Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle says folks in his district should get a discount or not pay at all, but others say, not so fast, we're all in this together.

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Low teenager turnout for DJJ town hall meeting

Updated: 10/15/2013 - Commissioner Avery Niles held a town hall meeting for teenagers hoping they would come with questions about the law and changes that affect them. News12 was at the meeting and the turn out was not what some expected.

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Mayor: SLED will not investigate controversial traffic stop

Updated: 10/11/2013 - The weekend traffic stop of a councilman's son is stirring even more controversy. On the tape, the officer says the man is Driving Under the Influence multiple times, but the man simply got a warning for speeding. For the first time, the town's mayor is talking about the case on camera.

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Augusta's Riverwalk will get a $1 million facelift

Updated: 10/10/2013 - There was public outcry to cleanup the area, after Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires were attacked on the Riverwalk in May. News12 then shed some light on the lack of working street lamps and visibility along the river.

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Only on 12: Does video evidence show police favoritism?


Updated: 10/10/2013 - News 12 investigates potential wrongdoing in Aiken County. We're looking into a traffic stop in Wagener over the weekend. A town councilman's son was pulled over for speeding and possibly DUI but gets off with just a warning. News 12's Chad Mills uncovered a recording of that traffic stop.

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UPDATE: Fired deputy will not get his job back

Updated: 10/14/2013 - "I ran over to the juvenile and as he was turned over on his stomach, I ran over and did a straight arm strike to the back of the individuals head," said Brian Mcduffie.

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TV show contract made public with RCSO

Updated: 10/09/2013 - Augusta Commissioners tell us this is not their first time filming here. Since they'll be here for eight weeks and we're on your side with what to do if you see deputies and cameras.

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After weeks pass, county removes yellow jackets from EMS station

Updated: 10/07/2013 - News 12 continues to investigate problems with Aiken County EMS. This time around, multiple employees are complaining about what they say is an OSHA violation. It's all because a nest of yellow jackets has bombarded an EMS substation.

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A top Augusta city government job could be up for grabs

Updated: 10/07/2013 - "In these jobs, you are a target. You have 200,000 people to satisfy and that number is dwindled down to 10 commissioners that makes hard decisions," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

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