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Deal, Carter spar over education in dueling ads

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

Updated: 06/19/2014 - Deal's campaign began airing two new TV ads Thursday accusing Carter, a state senator from Atlanta, of playing politics by voting against the governor's budget this year, arguing it included the single largest increase in K-12 education funding in seven years.

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SC Senate to take up 61 budget vetoes

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Posted: 06/18/2014 - The Senate will take up 61 vetoes Wednesday that the House chose to override. A two-thirds majority vote is also needed in the Senate to restore the budget items.

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Vacant lot fees in Augusta could be changing soon

Updated: 10/02/2014 - Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson presented a scenario where some vacant lot owners could choose whether they wanted the county to clean and then pay the $150 fee.

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Augusta vacant lot fee could be changing soon

Updated: 06/16/2014 - "I was told that we were dealing with garbage. It's just like everywhere else if you want something passed through evidently, they snuck it through," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

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Fatherhood Buzz makes its mark in Augusta

Updated: 10/02/2014 - Fathers and their kids had a day full of bonding at the Augusta Commons. This was the first annual Fatherhood buzz event. Local barbershops teamed up to to celebrate dads. The men were offered parenting advice and other tips.

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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

Augusta skyline

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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