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Augusta Commissioners have a full agenda this week

Updated: 06/15/2014 - City leaders are set to tackle a couple of issues dealing with the trash service. They could vote on what to do about a $150 fee property owners of vacant lots are being charged.

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Property taxes could rise for Augusta homeowners

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Updated: 06/12/2014 - If you own a home in Augusta, your property taxes could be on the way up. City officials say if homeowners pay an extra 35 to $75 extra a year each home could bring in millions for the city.

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Gov. Haley vetoes $18.5M from state budget

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Updated: 06/12/2014 - Vetoes include $2 million from the lieutenant governor's Office on Aging for services that help seniors live independently in their own homes rather than in more expensive nursing homes, which taxpayers fund through Medicaid. Haley said there's legitimacy in the program, but the agency is growing too fast. Even after her veto, she said, the office gets nearly $13 million next year from the state, compared with $4.5 million four years ago.

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City leaders can't decide on what to do about Regency Mall

Updated: 06/09/2014 - "Code enforcement several years ago said that it was up to code. They said it was mothballed. I insisted they go back in and they found leakage coming in from the roof," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.

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New laws grow craft breweries, allow CBD oil

Posted: 06/05/2014 - Bills becoming law in the Legislature's final days include those that allow epileptic patients to legally possess oil derived from marijuana, grow South Carolina's craft brewery business, and make barbecue the state's official picnic food.

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More Clinton White House records to be released

Posted: 06/04/2014 - The White House papers have been closely watched as the former secretary of state and New York senator considers a second presidential campaign. Her new book on her State Department years, "Hard Choices," is being released on Tuesday.

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County never approved head-hunting firm's contract

Updated: 06/02/2014 - We're told the problem is the county never approved a $15,000 contract. State law says all contracts entered into by the county with other persons in behalf of the county shall be entered into the minutes. We weren't able to find any minutes where the commission approved the mercer contract.

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