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Commission elections shift to even-numbered years

Posted: 05/21/2007 - Gov. Perdue has signed two bills into law that affect Augusta elections. The idea is to make sure all Commission seats are up for election in even-numbered years, which usually means a bigger voter turnout.

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Harbin arrested for DUI

Updated: 05/22/2008 - State Rep. Ben Harbin was arrested and charged with DUI after his car hit a utility pole in downtown Atlanta early Sunday. Harbin was alone in the car. He was treated at Grady Hospital after the wreck.

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Imperial troubles underline community role in art

Posted: 05/18/2007 - The Imperial Theatre's financial woes are a big concern for many in the fine arts community. Monetary issues and shortfalls with funding are not new to Augusta arts, but what can be done about it to make a difference?

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Should guns be allowed on school campus?

Posted: 05/17/2007 - Should guns be allowed on school campus? It's a question that has a lot of people talking in South Carolina after some lawmakers say concealed weapons should be allowed on campuses, even at elementary schools.

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No clear winner in 10th District debate

Updated: 06/18/2007 - The candidates for Georgia's 10th District participated in a debate Wednesday. Some who came to watch say it was hard to distinguish the differences among the candidates and what they stand for.

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Commission adjournment avoids controversy

Updated: 05/16/2007 - A controversial end to Tuesday's commission meeting as Commissioner Andy Cheek calls to adjourn the meeting right before a hot button item is discussed.

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Jerry Falwell dies

Updated: 05/15/2007 - A Liberty University executive tells the Associated Press that the Reverend Jerry Falwell has died. Falwell was taken to a hospital after being found unconscious today in his office at the school he founded in Virginia.

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Hundreds join Mayor to pray for government

Updated: 05/15/2007 - Hundreds of people gathered outside Augusta's municipal building Tuesday morning joining Mayor Deke Copenhaver for prayer after recent controversy in the commission.

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Hard drive possession may violate Open Records Act

Updated: 05/10/2007 - If Commissioner Marion Williams has access to the city administrator's computer hard drive, is he breaking the law simply by having it in his possession? One local attorney says it's possible.

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Hard drive claims raise city security concerns

Updated: 05/09/2007 - The controversy continues over city administrator Fred Russell's computer hard drive. Commissioner Marion Williams claims to have a copy of it, and now there are questions about how he got it and whether it was done legally.

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Commission asks for city attorney's resignation

Updated: 05/08/2007 - Only four months after hiring him, Augusta commissioners have asked the new city attorney to resign. While the mayor wouldn't comment on Eugene Jessup's performance, he did say it was clear things just weren't working out.

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Williams says he has copy of Russell's hard drive

Posted: 05/08/2007 - Commissioner Marion Williams says he now has a copy of the city administrator's hard drive. Some leaders are accusing Fred Russell of doing personal business on the city computer.

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Homeowner thankful for Stand Your Ground law

Updated: 05/04/2007 - Georgia's law allows you to defend yourself as soon as you feel threatened. And that seems to be just what one 84-year-old homeowner did when an intruder broke into his garage.

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Williams not worried about censure

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Commissioner Calvin Holland never got to see what was on city administrator Fred Russell's hard drive, but the matter turned into a huge deal at the Commission. Now Marion Williams say he has the rights to the drive.

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Williams requests city administrator's hard drive

Updated: 05/02/2007 - Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is requesting to see the hard drive of city administrator Fred Russell's work computer, along with those of three other city employees.

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Sparks fly as Commission censures Calvin Holland

Posted: 05/02/2007 - Commissioner Calvin Holland was reprimanded in Augusta Commission chambers today for ordering the city administrator's computer be seized. The meeting turned into a verbal sparring match.

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Arena board says Aiken Convocation Center no threat

Posted: 04/26/2007 - Augusta's Civic Center has been struggling to get big acts to the Garden City for years. But now, with a new entertainment center about to open in Aiken, board members say they're going to start thinking out of the box.

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South Augusta public housing officially called off

Updated: 04/26/2007 - It's good news for many people living in south Augusta: a controversial housing development there has been called off. Thursday morning, the Augusta Housing Authority voted to terminate the contract with the developer.

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Sheriff sues Ryan B., Rejoice 94.7 for $3 million

Posted: 04/25/2007 - The stakes just got a lot higher in one of the seven lawsuits against a local talk radio host and his station, Rejoice 94.7. Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength is now asking for $3 million in damages from Ryan B. and his station.

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Study shows widening gender pay gap

Updated: 04/25/2007 - A new study shows women earn less than their male colleagues for the same work, and the pay gap gets wider as the years go by. But why is this the case, and is it an issue for working women in our area?

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Augusta Water Conservation Guidelines

Posted: 04/23/2007 - The city of Augusta has released water conservation guidelines because of a statewide Level 2 Drought declaration. The plan is mandatory and applies to everyone in Augusta. Click here for the details.

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No south Augusta mixed-income housing

Posted: 04/19/2007 - The idea was a mixed-use community, with low- and middle-income housing. But neighbors in the area signed petitions and took the issue to Augusta commissioners. Now the developer is backing off.

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Interview: Lisa Godbey Wood, Part 2

Updated: 04/13/2007 - Augusta has a new federal judge. Lisa Godbey Wood rose to the bench after a career as a law clerk, a civil attorney, a criminal defense attorney, and a federal prosecutor. But her biggest challenge just may be at home.

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