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FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill

Updated: 11/20/2014 - Deaths linked to abuse of the medications have quadrupled since 1990 to nearly 17,000 annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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News 12 investigation reveals pattern of problems for local officer

Updated: 11/07/2014 - In a News 12 Investigation, we take a look into a local police officer's past. After finding a pattern of problems that spanned years and multiple law enforcement agencies, we wondered, not only why Sanders is still on the job, but also, how she keeps getting jobs in law enforcement?

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Special Assignment: Autopsy Pending

Updated: 05/16/2014 - Now that Augusta has lost its medical examiner, bodies must be sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy. It's an expensive trip that makes the journey to closure that much longer. So, why can't the GBI fill the position in Augusta? News 12's Christie Ethridge has been digging to find out.

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News 12 Special Assignment | Sarcoidosis: The struggle to survive

Posted: 04/29/2014 - It is a mystery disease that continues to baffle many in the medical community. The illness often results in sufferers going misdiagnosed for years. While medical experts contend there is no known cure for Sarcoidosis, we are hearing from two Sarcoidosis sufferers who have unique experiences coping with the disease.

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News 12 Special Assignment: Dangerous Decals

Updated: 04/28/2014 - They come in all shapes and sizes. You see them on cars, trucks and SUVs. And they can tell a lot about you--your politics, religion and the size of your family.

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Stranger gives boy battling brain tumor his first Augusta National tickets

Posted: 04/09/2014 - A child's life is all about the milestones, and today was a big one for one Augusta 9-year-old and his dad. Since 2011, Christopher Thompson has been battling a large and aggressive brain tumor. Tuesday, he held his head high as he took his first steps into Augusta National. News 12's Christie Ethridge caught up with him after his day on the course.

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News 12 Special Assignment: Are you getting what you paid for?

Posted: 03/21/2014 - Here's some food for thought: the average American eats 86.3 pounds of chicken every single year. That number isn't per family. According to the National Chicken Council, that number is per person. That's a lot of poultry, and if you think about it, that's a lot of your money, so what we found might ruffle your feathers a bit.

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News 12 Special Assignment: Prescription for death

Posted: 03/21/2014 - There have been 12 fatal overdoses in Richmond County alone in 2013. The youngest victim, just 18 years old. The CDC has started calling prescription overdose a 'nationwide epidemic.'

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News 12 Special Assignment: Babies At Risk: A System Breakdown (Part 2)

Updated: 10/31/2013 - We're on your side protecting the smallest members of your family from a big problem. It's a problem so big, a local lawmaker is promising change. We're talking about expired baby formula, and you won't believe how much of it we've been able to buy.

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News 12 Special Assignment: Babies At Risk: A System Breakdown

Updated: 10/30/2013 - A News 12 investigation shows local stores are dropping the ball when it comes to the safety of your children, and what we've uncovered could change a state law. More than 3 years ago, News 12 exposed a widespread problem after we were able to buy expired baby formula, and a lot of it, in Richmond, Columbia, and Aiken Counties. In 2010, every store promised to fix this, but we found the problem is still on store shelves. Once again, we're on your side, asking why the system in place to protect your babies is still broken.

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After helicopter policy change, Aiken Co. firefighters focus on training

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Posted: 03/21/2014 - Aiken County volunteer firefighters have a new power, and with it, big responsibilities. After a major policy change, they can now call in a helicopter easier to help you in an emergency. Tonight, in a News 12 special assignment, Chad Mills joins the men and women first-responders in training to find out how they're preparing to implement the change.

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Gatsby in Aiken: More about history than fiction

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Updated: 05/17/2013 - The Roaring '20s comes roaring back to the big screen with Friday's premiere of "The Great Gatsby." The movie is also putting an Aiken family and a local hotel back in the spotlight.

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News 12 Investigation: Parties inside Aiken City Hall have some upset

Updated: 05/02/2013 - For the past few months, News 12 has investigated wild middle school parties at Aiken City Hall. A video we got our hands on shows middle schoolers cussing, flashing gang signs and disturbing the peace. One downtown merchant even tells us these parties are driving off customers at his business nearby.

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