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  • Community Activists Asking Questions About Deadly House Fire

    Community Activists Asking Questions About Deadly House Fire

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:48:19 GMT
    Some community activists are speaking out about a deadly house fire that happened in the Harrisburg area last month. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
    Some community activists are speaking out about a deadly house fire that happened in the Harrisburg area last month. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
  • Augusta Commissioner Says Let The Court Decide City Election Date

    Augusta Commissioner Says Let The Court Decide City Election Date

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:20:39 GMT
    Photo of the lawsuit challenging Augusta's 2014 election datePhoto of the lawsuit challenging Augusta's 2014 election date
    The Federal Court is telling the city to hurry up when it comes to the lawsuit challenging next month's city elections, but one Commissioner says he wants to hear what the court has to say about moving the election back to November.
    The Federal Court is telling the city to hurry up when it comes to the lawsuit challenging next month's city elections, but one Commissioner says he wants to hear what the court has to say about moving the election back to November.
  • Fire Chief And Augusta Commissioner's Report Both Draw Heat

    Fire Chief And Augusta Commissioner's Report Both Draw Heat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:09:56 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Fire Department Chief Chris JamesPhoto of Augusta Fire Department Chief Chris James
    A detailed report blasting Augusta Fire Chief Chris James for alleged missteps by is in the hands of city leaders, but the Augusta Commissioner behind the report is also being blasted for bringing it forward.
    A detailed report blasting Augusta Fire Chief Chris James for alleged missteps by is in the hands of city leaders, but the Augusta Commissioner behind the report is also being blasted for bringing it forward.
  • Augusta Riverwalk Work Is Opening Eyes

    Augusta Riverwalk Work Is Opening Eyes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:56:09 GMT
    Photo of Augusta's RiverwalkPhoto of Augusta's Riverwalk
    A brutal assault last year had city leaders focusing on the overgrowth at Augusta's Riverwalk. Tree crews are now cutting into the problem, creating sights to be see.
    A brutal assault last year had city leaders focusing on the overgrowth at Augusta's Riverwalk. Tree crews are now cutting into the problem, creating sights to be see. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Aiken County Departments Submit Budget Requests for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

    Aiken County Departments Submit Budget Requests for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:29:59 GMT
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    Aiken County Council members were not wasting any time at a meeting Tuesday night, highlighting their new initiatives for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
    Aiken County Council members were not wasting any time at a meeting Tuesday night, highlighting their new initiatives for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:27:18 GMT
    Under a law just signed by Georgia's governor, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it's OK.
    Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without...
  • Savannah River National Laboratory Celebrates 10 Years At SRS

    Savannah River National Laboratory Celebrates 10 Years At SRS

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:17:51 GMT
    Photo of the outside of one of the buildings at the Savannah River National LaboratoryPhoto of the outside of one of the buildings at the Savannah River National Laboratory
    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) celebrated 10 years Wednesday as a national lab.
    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) celebrated 10 years Wednesday as a national lab.
  • 8-year-old SC student fights for state fossil; lawmakers stall because of the Bible

    8-year-old SC student fights for state fossil; lawmakers stall because of the Bible

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:37:25 GMT
    A Lake City student thinks the state of South Carolina should have a state fossil. Olivia McConnell is 8 years and loves fossils and wants to be an Egyptologist when she grows up. She was surprised the Palmetto State didn't have a state fossil when it has plenty of other state things represented like a state handcraft, state heritage horse, migratory marine mammal and more. She knewan ancient kind of woolly mammoth was actually dug up in South Carolina, so she wrote to Gov. Nikki Haley and ot...
    A Lake City student thinks the state of South Carolina should have a state fossil. Olivia McConnell is 8 years and loves fossils and wants to be an Egyptologist when she grows up. She was surprised the Palmetto State didn't have a state fossil when it has plenty of other state things represented like a state handcraft, state heritage horse, migratory marine mammal and more. She knewan ancient kind of woolly mammoth was actually dug up in South Carolina, so she wrote to Gov. Nikki Haley and ot...
  • Governor Deal Signs Bill Underscoring Second Amendment Rights

    Governor Deal Signs Bill Underscoring Second Amendment Rights

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:58:57 GMT
    Nathan Deal graphicNathan Deal graphic
    Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 60, which is legislation that protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
    Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 60, which is legislation that protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
  • Veterans rally at SC Statehouse to seek benefits

    Veterans rally at SC Statehouse to seek benefits

    Dozens of South Carolina veterans have gathered at the Statehouse to ask lawmakers to improve benefits for those who served in the military.
    Dozens of South Carolina veterans have gathered at the Statehouse to ask lawmakers to improve benefits for those who served in the military.
  • Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

    Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:44:48 GMT
    Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in...
    Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in violation of...
  • UPDATED ON 6: Keysville Water Now Safe To Consume

    UPDATED ON 6: Keysville Water Now Safe To Consume

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:46:47 GMT
    Image of map of Keysville, GeorgiaImage of map of Keysville, Georgia
    WJBF News Channel 6 has been in contact with leaders in Keysville and they say the water there is now safe to consume.
    WJBF News Channel 6 has been in contact with leaders in Keysville and they say the water there is now safe to consume.
  • Lawsuit Challenges Moving City Elections To Primary, Leaves One Candidate Disappointed

    Lawsuit Challenges Moving City Elections To Primary, Leaves One Candidate Disappointed

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:53:24 GMT
    Photo of a federal lawsuit challengin the May 20 primary election of Augusta's new mayorPhoto of a federal lawsuit challengin the May 20 primary election of Augusta's new mayor
    A federal lawsuit is challenging Augusta's May 20th city elections, but it has one candidate saying he not buying it. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    A federal lawsuit is challenging Augusta's May 20th city elections, but it has one candidate saying he not buying it. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:45:44 GMT
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
  • Anti SPLOST Forces Start Sign Campaign

    Anti SPLOST Forces Start Sign Campaign

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:39:35 GMT
    Photo of Vote No Splost signsPhoto of Vote No Splost signs
     Forces opposed to the upcoming SPLOST referendum get a jump on the campaign.
     Forces opposed to the upcoming SPLOST referendum get a jump on the campaign.
  • State Senator Wants DSS Director Fired; Governor Refuses

    State Senator Wants DSS Director Fired; Governor Refuses

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:12:23 GMT
    Sen. Joel Lourie goes over laws he says DSS is breaking.Sen. Joel Lourie goes over laws he says DSS is breaking.
    State Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, wants Gov. Nikki Haley to fire Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller because he says the agency is breaking four state laws.
    State Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, wants Gov. Nikki Haley to fire Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller because he says the agency is breaking four state laws.
  • Bill would give grandparents legal visitation of grandchildren

    Bill would give grandparents legal visitation of grandchildren

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:10:54 GMT
    A bill working it's way through the Statehouse could allow some grandparents to see their grandchildren. Not every parent allows their children to spend time with his or her grandparents.
    A bill working it's way through the Statehouse could allow some grandparents to see their grandchildren. Not every parent allows their children to spend time with his or her grandparents.
  • Nearly 12,000 access Ga.'s new online voter system

    Nearly 12,000 access Ga.'s new online voter system

    State officials say nearly 12,000 people have taken advantage of Georgia's new online voter system, either registering for the upcoming May 20 primary or updating their information.
    State officials say nearly 12,000 people have taken advantage of Georgia's new online voter system, either registering for the upcoming May 20 primary or updating their information.
  • Lawsuit Filed to Fight Georgia Gay Marriage Ban

    Lawsuit Filed to Fight Georgia Gay Marriage Ban

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:13:50 GMT
    Georgia Ban on Gay Marriage Challenged in Federal CourtGeorgia Ban on Gay Marriage Challenged in Federal Court
    A gay rights group has filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta challenging the state of Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
    A gay rights group has filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta challenging the state of Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
  • Federal Agency Reverses Approval Of Powdered Alcohol

    Federal Agency Reverses Approval Of Powdered Alcohol

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:11:43 GMT
    Image of powdered alcohol, or PalcoholImage of powdered alcohol, or Palcohol
    The federal agency, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, that originally approved "Palcohol" reversed its position Monday, which is a brand name for powdered alcohol.
    The federal agency, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, that originally approved "Palcohol" reversed its position Monday, which is a brand name for powdered alcohol.
  • Butt Bridge's Future Will Not Come At the Expense Of Its Past

    Butt Bridge's Future Will Not Come At the Expense Of Its Past

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-04-22 12:15:26 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    Augusta leaders are celebrating the 100th anniversary of an Augusta landmark, the Butt Memorial Bridge, while plans are underway for it's next century. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta leaders are celebrating the 100th anniversary of an Augusta landmark, the Butt Memorial Bridge, while plans are underway for it's next century. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Work To Start On Making Riverwalk Safer

    Work To Start On Making Riverwalk Safer

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:22:59 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
     NewsChannel 6 was the first to point out issues with overgrowth at Riverwalk following a brutal assault there last May now with is about to begin to open up sight lines for visitors
     NewsChannel 6 was the first to point out issues with overgrowth at Riverwalk following a brutal assault there last May now with is about to begin to open up sight lines for visitors
  • Fact Check: RGA Ad Slams Sheheen’s Legal Work

    Fact Check: RGA Ad Slams Sheheen’s Legal Work

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:12:18 GMT
    The national Republican Governors Association is going after South Carolina Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen with a new TV ad that criticizes his work as a lawyer. Are the claims true?
    The national Republican Governors Association is going after South Carolina Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen with a new TV ad that criticizes his work as a lawyer. Are the claims true?
  • Georgia Gun Bill Waiting on the Governor

    Georgia Gun Bill Waiting on the Governor

    Georgia Gun Bill Waiting on the Governor

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:15:02 GMT
    Georgia could soon have some of the nation's most relaxed gun laws if Governor Nathan Deal decides to sign theHouse Bill 60into law. It would allow people with carry permits to bring guns into bars, churches and even some government facilities. But in light of recent school shootings and other acts of violence, the bill has sparked heated debate. Some have even taken to calling the bill the "guns everywhere law" whi...
    Georgia could soon have some of the nation's most relaxed gun laws if Governor Nathan Deal decides to sign theHouse Bill 60into law. It would allow people with carry permits to bring guns into bars, churches and even some government facilities. But in light of recent school shootings and other acts of violence, the bill has sparked heated debate. Some have even taken to calling the bill the "guns everywhere law" whi...
  • Governor Nathan Deal: Programs Give Students Head Start, Create Skilled Workforce

    Governor Nathan Deal: Programs Give Students Head Start, Create Skilled Workforce

    Monday, April 21 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-21 15:36:32 GMT
    Nathan Deal graphicNathan Deal graphic
    Monday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law legislation creating work-based learning programs for Georgia high school students.
    Monday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law legislation creating work-based learning programs for Georgia high school students.
  • WJBF's Brad Means Hosts A Conversation With Augusta's Mayoral Candidates

    WJBF's Brad Means Hosts A Conversation With Augusta's Mayoral Candidates

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:52:05 GMT
    Photo from WJBF News Channel 6's Conversation with Augusta's Mayoral CandidatesPhoto from WJBF News Channel 6's Conversation with Augusta's Mayoral Candidates
    Saturday evening, WJBF News Channel 6's Brad Means hosted a conversation with all five candidates vying to become the next mayor of Augusta. Click to view the segments online.
    Saturday evening, WJBF News Channel 6's Brad Means hosted a conversation with all five candidates vying to become the next mayor of Augusta. Click to view the segments online.
  • First-Ever Georgia Lineman Appreciation Day Honors GA Power Crews

    First-Ever Georgia Lineman Appreciation Day Honors GA Power Crews

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:14 AM EDT2014-04-18 09:14:35 GMT
    Friday, April 18 has been declared Georgia Lineman Appreciation Day.In the recently-passed legislation, Georgia congress recognized power crews as “first responders during storms and other catastrophic events.”In February, power crews worked around the clock for nearly four full days to restore power to thousands of customers, but emergency restoration is just one example of the hard work utility crews perform day in and day out to keep our lights on.Georgia Power Distribution Supervisor Jere...
    Friday, April 18 has been declared Georgia Lineman Appreciation Day.In the recently-passed legislation, Georgia congress recognized power crews as “first responders during storms and other catastrophic events.”In February, power crews worked around the clock for nearly four full days to restore power to thousands of customers, but emergency restoration is just one example of the hard work utility crews perform day in and day out to keep our lights on.Georgia Power Distribution Supervisor Jere...
  • Sheriff Creates Safety Plan For Downtown Augusta

    Sheriff Creates Safety Plan For Downtown Augusta

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:19:12 GMT
    There was a big announcement about downtown Augusta today. Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree has created a new downtown safety initiative.
    There was a big announcement from downtown Augusta today. Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree has created a new downtown safety initiative.
  • Columbia County Commission Chair: Ron Cross vs. Jim Bartley

    Columbia County Commission Chair: Ron Cross vs. Jim Bartley

    Columbia County Commission Chair: Ron Cross vs. Jim Bartley

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:40:09 GMT
    The race for the Columbia County Commission Chair is heating up. Signs are out across the county for challenger Jim Bartley who is hoping to unseat incumbent Ron Cross. WJBF News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder has the story.
    The race for the Columbia County Commission Chair is heating up. Signs are out across the county for challenger Jim Bartley who is hoping to unseat incumbent Ron Cross. WJBF News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder has the story.
  • Food Bank Law Helps Save Dough

    Food Bank Law Helps Save Dough

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:12:57 GMT
    A new Georgia law will help put food on more tables. House Bill 958 provides a sales tax exemption to the state's seven food banks. WJBF News Channel 6's Renetta DuBose has the story.
    A new Georgia law will help put food on more tables. House Bill 958 provides a sales tax exemption to the state's seven food banks. WJBF News Channel 6's Renetta DuBose has the story.

  • Purple Up Day Honors Military Children

    Purple Up Day Honors Military Children

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:32:53 GMT
    Fort Gordon celebrated Purple Up Day Tuesday, April 15th. April marks national "Month of the Military Child," a time to honor and celebrate military-connected children and youth.
    Fort Gordon celebrated Purple Up Day Tuesday, April 15th. April marks national "Month of the Military Child," a time to honor and celebrate military-connected children and youth.
  • Richmond County BOE Wants Your Input On Next Leader

    Richmond County BOE Wants Your Input On Next Leader

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:03:08 GMT
    Richmond county School System Logo graphicRichmond county School System Logo graphic
    The Richmond County Board of Education is using an online survey to get input on the next superintendent. WJBF News Channel 6's Deon Guillory has the story.
    The Richmond County Board of Education is using an online survey to get input on the next superintendent. WJBF News Channel 6's Deon Guillory has the story.
  • Engineering Department’s SPLOST Plans Voted Down

    Augusta Engineering Department’s SPLOST Plans Voted Down

    Augusta Engineering Department’s SPLOST Plans Voted Down

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:43:17 GMT
    The Augusta Engineering Department's plans to spend its SPLOST allotment, approved earlier this year, was voted down by the Augusta Commission Tuesday evening. WJBF News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder has the story.
    The Augusta Engineering Department's plans to spend its SPLOST allotment, approved earlier this year, was voted down by the Augusta Commission Tuesday evening. WJBF News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder has the story.
  • Augusta Procurement Department Director's Raise On Hold For Now

    Augusta Procurement Department Director's Raise On Hold For Now

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:26:31 GMT
    Photo of Augusta Procurement Department director Geri Sams (center)Photo of Augusta Procurement Department director Geri Sams (center)
    Augusta's Procurement Department director will have to wait even longer to see if she gets a raise or not.
    Augusta's Procurement Department director will have to wait even longer to see if she gets a raise or not.
  • Downtown Augusta Utilities Department Customer Service Office Closed

    Downtown Augusta Utilities Department Customer Service Office Closed

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:06:52 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    The Downtown Customer Service Office for Augusta Utilities that is currently located in the Augusta Municipal Building will be closed Wednesday April 16th through Friday, April 18th.
    The Downtown Customer Service Office for Augusta Utilities that is currently located in the Augusta Municipal Building will be closed Wednesday April 16th through Friday, April 18th.
  • Governor Deal Signs Bill Extending Tax-Free Holiday Weekends

    Governor Deal Signs Bill Extending Tax-Free Holiday Weekends

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:35:56 GMT
    Nathan Deal graphicNathan Deal graphic
    Monday, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 958, legislation that will extend the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday and ENERGY STAR and WaterSense appliance tax-free holiday weekends for an additional two years.
    Monday, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 958, legislation that will extend the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday and ENERGY STAR and WaterSense appliance tax-free holiday weekends for an additional two years.
  • Governor Deal Signs Bills Assisting Veterans, Military Families

    Governor Deal Signs Bills Assisting Veterans, Military Families

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:08:15 GMT
    Nathan Deal graphicNathan Deal graphic
    Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that allows any court with jurisdiction over criminal cases to establish veterans court divisions (Senate Bill 320).
    Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that allows any court with jurisdiction over criminal cases to establish veterans court divisions (Senate Bill 320).
  • Governor Nathan Deal Ensures Teachers Have Say On Health Insurance Plans

    Governor Nathan Deal Ensures Teachers Have Say On Health Insurance Plans

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:49:13 GMT
    Nathan Deal graphicNathan Deal graphic
    Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order that requires the Department of Community Health to include a teacher representative in the State Health Benefit Plan invitation for proposals process.
    Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order that requires the Department of Community Health to include a teacher representative in the State Health Benefit Plan invitation for proposals process.
  • Man Who Never Served Prison Sentence on Clerical Error Awaits Fate

    Man Who Never Served Prison Sentence on Clerical Error Awaits Fate

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:26:51 GMT
    Cornealious “Mike” Anderson has not served his 13-year-prision sentence due to a 'clerical error.'Cornealious “Mike” Anderson has not served his 13-year-prision sentence due to a 'clerical error.'
    (NBC News)- A Missouri man who avoided a 13-year jail sentence because of what state officials called a clerical error will learn Tuesday if he will have to keep fighting to avoid being incarcerated. In
    A Missouri man who avoided a 13-year jail sentence because of what state officials called a clerical error will learn Tuesday if he will have to keep fighting to avoid being incarcerated.
  • Governor Haley signs"Emma's Law" requiring more DUI interlocks

    Governor Haley signs"Emma's Law" requiring more DUI interlocks

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:05 AM EDT2014-04-15 08:05:13 GMT
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won't let their vehicles start if the drivers
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won't let their vehicles start if the drivers
  • Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

    Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."
  • 'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

    'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

    President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation's leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire summit thick with presidential implications.
    Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans...
  • Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

    Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

    Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing.
    Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing.
  • Gov. Deal signs prisoner re-entry bill into law

    Gov. Deal signs prisoner re-entry bill into law

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law intended to reduce recidivism and help prisoners successfully re-enter society.
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law intended to reduce recidivism and help prisoners successfully re-enter society.
  • GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

    GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

    Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight.
    Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in...
  • Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

    Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

    Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.
    Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.
  • Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote.
    President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women - a leading election-year issue for Democrats.
  • Major economies express confidence about growth

    Major economies express confidence about growth

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic powers are showing a reluctance to go as far as the United...
    Finance officials of the world's major economies expressed confidence Friday that they can meet an ambitious goal of boosting global growth by $2 trillion over the next five years.
  • New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

    New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

    For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama's health care law.
    Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.
  • SC Gov. Haley's GOP opponent withdraws

    SC Gov. Haley's GOP opponent withdraws

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:07:14 GMT
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley's opponent in the June primary has withdrawn from the race, leaving her unopposed as the Republican nominee. Tom Ervin withdrew Friday, just a week after he announced
    Gov. Nikki Haley's opponent in the June primary has withdrawn from the race, leaving her unopposed as the Republican nominee.
  • Local Mother Makes Extra Push To Legalize Cannabis Oil In Georgia

    Local Mother Makes Extra Push To Legalize Cannabis Oil In Georgia

    Friday, April 11 2014 1:36 AM EDT2014-04-11 05:36:16 GMT
    Photo of Preston WeaverPhoto of Preston Weaver
    Wednesday, South Carolina lawmakers decided to let voters choose whether to allow medical marijuana in the state. Now, an Augusta woman is making a bigger push to get a similar deal in Georgia. WJBF News Channel 6's Dee Griffin explains how she's doing it.
    Wednesday, South Carolina lawmakers decided to let voters choose whether to allow medical marijuana in the state. Now, an Augusta woman is making a bigger push to get a similar deal in Georgia. WJBF News Channel 6's Dee Griffin explains how she's doing it.
  • Masters Patrons Weigh In On Berckmans Road Realignment

    Masters Patrons Weigh In On Berckmans Road Realignment

    Friday, April 11 2014 1:18 AM EDT2014-04-11 05:18:01 GMT
    The main gate for patrons at Augusta National Golf Club could have a different look in a few years as city officials move forward with plans to realign Berckmans Road with Alexander Drive. WJBF News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
    The main gate for patrons at Augusta National Golf Club could have a different look in a few years as city officials move forward with plans to realign Berckmans Road with Alexander Drive. WJBF News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
  • SC House and Senate pass different distracted driving ban bills

    SC House and Senate pass different distracted driving ban bills

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-04-11 02:27:04 GMT
    By Robert Kittle The South Carolina House and Senate each passed different bills Thursday aimed at reducing distracted driving, setting up a showdown over which, if either, becomes law. The House bill
    More than a dozen South Carolina cities and towns have their own local ordinances banning texting and driving.
  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.
    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature...
  • Obama calls Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis

    Obama calls Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis

    The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the situation in Ukraine.
    The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Perdue apologizes to Handel for education comment

    Perdue apologizes to Handel for education comment

    A candidate for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat has apologized for suggesting that his opponent's lack of a college degree makes her less qualified for the position.
    A candidate for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat has apologized for suggesting that his opponent's lack of a college degree makes her less qualified for the position.
  • Elder President Bush to endorse GOP nominee in Ga.

    Elder President Bush to endorse GOP nominee in Ga.

    George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democratic candidate's campaign ad in Georgia but a spokesman says the former president plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee for Senate.
    President George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democrat's campaign commercial, but he plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee in Georgia's Senate race, his spokesman said Thursday.
  • $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.
    An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.
  • SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:45:32 GMT
    State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

  • GM puts 2 engineers on paid leave in recall case

    GM puts 2 engineers on paid leave in recall case

    General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.
    General Motors has suspended two engineers in the first disciplinary action stemming from its mishandled recall of more than 2 million small cars for a deadly ignition switch problem. But the company also said a second...
  • GA studying public-private foster care partnership

    GA studying public-private foster care partnership

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a study will explore the possibility of launching public-private partnerships for the state's foster care system.
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a study will explore the possibility of launching public-private partnerships for the state's foster care system.
  • SC lawmakers back out of special prosecutor bill

    SC lawmakers back out of special prosecutor bill

    South Carolina House members are removing their names from legislation allowing the General Assembly to decide whether an independent prosecutor should investigate a constitutional officer or other officer under...
    South Carolina House members are removing their names from legislation allowing the General Assembly to decide whether an independent prosecutor should investigate a constitutional officer or other officer under the...
  • SC bills could outlaw abortion, most contraception

    SC bills could outlaw abortion, most contraception

    A Senate panel has advanced legislation that opponents say could outlaw abortion and emergency contraception in South Carolina.
    A Senate panel has advanced legislation that opponents say could outlaw abortion and emergency contraception in South Carolina.
  • Emma's Law Heads to Governor Haley's Desk

    Emma's Law Heads to the Governor's Desk

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:08:41 GMT
    Members of the Longstreet family and supporters celebrate lawmakers passing Emma's Law.Members of the Longstreet family and supporters celebrate lawmakers passing Emma's Law.
    Emma's Law passes the Senate and is now going to the Governor's desk.
    Emma's Law passes the Senate and is now going to the Governor's desk.
  • East Augusta Tag Office Moving To West Augusta

    East Augusta Tag Office Moving To West Augusta

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:10 AM EDT2014-04-10 09:10:37 GMT
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    The East Augusta Tag Office at 925 Laney Walker Boulevard will serve its last citizens at the current location on Thursday, April 10th.
    The East Augusta Tag Office at 925 Laney Walker Boulevard will serve its last citizens at the current location on Thursday, April 10th.
  • Georgians Face April 21st Voter Registration Deadline for May 20th Primary Election

    Georgians Face April 21st Voter Registration Deadline for May 20th Primary Election

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-04-10 09:04:11 GMT
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    Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians they must be registered to vote by April 21st in order to participate in the May 20th Primary Election.
    Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians they must be registered to vote by April 21st in order to participate in the May 20th Primary Election.
  • South Carolina moves forward with statewide texting while driving ban

    South Carolina moves forward with statewide texting while driving ban

    Thursday, April 10 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-04-10 07:42:37 GMT
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is closer to having its first statewide ban on texting while driving. The Senate voted 38-2 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would levy fines starting at $75 on drivers
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is closer to having its first statewide ban on texting while driving. The Senate voted 38-2 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would levy fines starting at $75 on drivers
  • Emma's Law Passes In The South Carolina Senate

    Emma's Law Passes In The South Carolina Senate

    Thursday, April 10 2014 2:11 AM EDT2014-04-10 06:11:00 GMT
    Photo of a man using a breath testerPhoto of a man using a breath tester
    Emma's Law has passed through the South Carolina State Senate.
    Emma's Law has passed through the South Carolina State Senate.
  • SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-04-10 03:55:10 GMT
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana.
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana.
  • SC Senate passes 'Read to Succeed' bill

    SC Senate passes 'Read to Succeed' bill

    The Senate has passed a bill aimed at boosting students' chances of success through an expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten and early intervention in reading.
    The Senate has passed a bill aimed at boosting students' chances of success through an expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten and early intervention in reading.
  • Haley: All SC agencies need a code of conduct

    Haley: All SC agencies need a code of conduct

    Gov. Nikki Haley says some South Carolina employees aren't behaving or using state resources properly because agencies haven't set clear rules.
    Gov. Nikki Haley says some South Carolina employees aren't behaving or using state resources properly because agencies haven't set clear rules.
  • Inventory shows SC agencies own 12,300 assets

    Inventory shows SC agencies own 12,300 assets

    Gov. Nikki Haley says state agencies own far too much property in South Carolina, and much of it should be sold.
    Gov. Nikki Haley says state agencies own far too much property in South Carolina, and much of it should be sold.
  • Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:19:42 GMT
    The SCDOT says it needs about $1.5 billion additional dollars a year just to bring state roads and bridges up to a condition considered “good”, an amount that would use up almost the entire state budget that doesn’t go to health care and schools.
    The SCDOT says it needs about $1.5 billion additional dollars a year just to bring state roads and bridges up to a condition considered “good”, an amount that would use up almost the entire state budget that doesn’t go to health care and schools.
  • Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Friday, April 4 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-04-04 23:17:52 GMT
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan.
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan.
  • Fact Check: Sheheen Ad Slams Haley’s Education Record as Governor

    Fact Check: Sheheen Ad Slams Haley’s Education Record as Governor

    Friday, April 4 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-04 23:09:50 GMT
    Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen is airing a new TV ad that slams Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for her record on education as governor. Robert Kittle checked the facts.
    Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen is airing a new TV ad that slams Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for her record on education as governor. Robert Kittle checked the facts.
  • News Channel 6 Gets Answers About Storm Cleanup in Hephzibah

    News Channel 6 Gets Answers About Storm Cleanup in Hephzibah

    Thursday, April 3 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-03 20:51:41 GMT
    News Channel 6's Deon Guillory looks into the storm debris cleanup plan for the city of Hephzibah.
    News Channel 6's Deon Guillory looks into the storm debris cleanup plan for the city of Hephzibah.
  • Augusta Restaurants Prep For Masters Week

    Augusta Restaurants Prep For Masters Week

    Thursday, April 3 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-04-03 11:45:23 GMT
    Our Julie Parise got a look inside the kitchen and behind the bar of a neighborhood favorite, where they're planning to show Masters week customers a little southern hospitality.
    Our Julie Parise got a look inside the kitchen and behind the bar of a neighborhood favorite, where they're planning to show Masters week customers a little southern hospitality.
  • UPDATE: 2 Strong Aftershocks Following Earthquake Response in Chile

    UPDATE: 2 Strong Aftershocks Following Earthquake Response in Chile

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-04-03 03:38:37 GMT
    Earthquake graphicEarthquake graphic
    At least 6 people were killed when a powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit the south american nation of chile Tuesday night.Marci Gonzalez has this report on the impact and the aftermath.
    At least 6 people were killed when a powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit the south american nation of chile Tuesday night.Marci Gonzalez has this report on the impact and the aftermath.
  • Augusta Cracks Down On Illegal Storm Debris Dumping

    Augusta Cracks Down On Illegal Storm Debris Dumping

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:23:52 GMT
    Photo of an ice storm debris pilePhoto of an ice storm debris pile
    The massive storm cleanup is winding down in Richmond County, but streets already cleaned are being targeted for illegal dumping and the city of Augusta is cracking down. WJBF News Channel 6's senior reporter, George Eskola, has the story.
     
    The massive storm cleanup is winding down in Richmond County, but streets already cleaned are being targeted for illegal dumping and the city of Augusta is cracking down. WJBF News Channel 6's senior reporter, George Eskola, has the story.
     
  • SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:14:40 GMT
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade. The “Read to Succeed Act” would provide students who are held back with intensive reading help to get them caught up.
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade. The “Read to Succeed Act” would provide students who are held back with intensive reading help to get them caught up.
  • A Couple Of Million More Dollars Needed For Augusta Ice Storm Cleanup

    A Couple Of Million More Dollars Needed For Augusta Ice Storm Cleanup

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-04-02 01:54:25 GMT
    Photo of ice storm debris cleanup in Richmond CountyPhoto of ice storm debris cleanup in Richmond County
    Two weeks ago, Augusta leaders approved $4.5 million more for ice storm cleanup and now another $2.8 million are needed. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Two weeks ago, Augusta leaders approved $4.5 million more for ice storm cleanup and now another $2.8 million are needed. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta Commission Holds Off On Department Head Raises

    Augusta Commission Holds Off On Department Head Raises

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-04-02 01:40:46 GMT
     Two Augusta department directors are underpaid, compared to their peers, but Commissioners are not ready to vote to raise their pay.
     Two Augusta department directors are underpaid, compared to their peers, but Commissioners are not ready to vote to raise their pay.
  • More Money Approved To Battle Richmond County Blight

    More Money Approved To Battle Richmond County Blight

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-04-02 01:39:21 GMT
    Photo of a blighted house in Richmond CountyPhoto of a blighted house in Richmond County
    Taking a small bite out of Richmond County's blight, Augusta Commissioners approved $200,000 to demolish three dozen rundown houses Tuesday.
    Taking a small bite out of Richmond County's blight, Augusta Commissioners approved $200,000 to demolish three dozen rundown houses Tuesday.
  • General Motors CEO Faces Congressional Questioning On Recalls

    General Motors CEO Faces Congressional Questioning On Recalls

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-04-01 23:15:57 GMT
    The new CEO of General Motors faced a grilling from lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Congress wants to know why neither GM or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acted sooner to recall millions of cars with defective ignition switches. ABC News' Karen Travers has that story.
    The new CEO of General Motors faced a grilling from lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Congress wants to know why neither GM or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acted sooner to recall millions of cars with defective ignition switches. ABC News' Karen Travers has that story.
  • USC Pres. Wants Changes After Another Five Points Shooting

    USC Pres. Wants Changes After Another Five Points Shooting

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:59:41 GMT
    University of South Carolina president Dr. Harris Pastides is calling on the Columbia Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department to increase policing in Five Points Thursday through Saturday nights.
    University of South Carolina president Dr. Harris Pastides is calling on the Columbia Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department to increase policing in Five Points Thursday through Saturday nights.
  • Midnight Marks the Deadline to Enroll Under the Affordable Care Act

    Midnight Marks the Deadline to Enroll Under the Affordable Care Act

    Midnight Marks the Deadline to Enroll Under the Affordable Care Act

    Monday, March 31 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-03-31 21:16:20 GMT
    The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday at midnight. The Obama Administration set a goal of 7 million people signed up by today. Estimates are that number will be closer to 6.5 million. People have been flooding the government site all day, and even this morning, last-minute users were having problems signing up. For those who don’t have health insurance, they must sign ...
    The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday at midnight. The Obama Administration set a goal of 7 million people signed up by today. Estimates are that number will be closer to 6.5 million. People have been flooding the government site all day, and even this morning, last-minute users were having problems signing up. For those who don’t have health insurance, they must sign ...
  • Making Changes And Moving Ahead In Augusta

    Making Changes And Moving Ahead In Augusta

    Monday, March 31 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-03-31 17:07:04 GMT
    Means Report City of Augusta LogoMeans Report City of Augusta Logo
    Mayor Deke Copenhaver is seeing his days in office dwindle, but that doesn't mean he's kicking back and taking it easy. The mayor still has plenty of goals before his term is finished. There is also plenty of work ahead of him.
    Mayor Deke Copenhaver is seeing his days in office dwindle, but that doesn't mean he's kicking back and taking it easy. The mayor still has plenty of goals before his term is finished. There is also plenty of work ahead of him.
  • Former Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson Plans To Run For Kay Allen's Seat

    Former Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson Plans To Run For Kay Allen's Seat

    Saturday, March 29 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-03-29 21:40:42 GMT
    News Channel 6 has confirmed that Former Columbia County Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson is planning to run for Kay Allen's open seat. Allen stepped down as Tax Commissioner earlier this month after county officials requested that Governor Nathan Deal look into alleged misconduct in Allen's office.County officials say Allen collected more than $160,000 in fees from the cities of Grovetown and Harlem, despite the fact that state law says the fees are supposed to go to the county.
    News Channel 6 has confirmed that Former Columbia County Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson is planning to run for Kay Allen's open seat. Allen stepped down as Tax Commissioner earlier this month after county officials requested that Governor Nathan Deal look into alleged misconduct in Allen's office.County officials say Allen collected more than $160,000 in fees from the cities of Grovetown and Harlem, despite the fact that state law says the fees are supposed to go to the county.
  • Parking Meters Could Help Augusta's Budget, And Downtown Parking Issues

    Parking Meters Could Help Augusta's Budget, And Downtown Parking Issues

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-03-26 22:57:22 GMT
    Photo of cars parked on Broad Street in downtown AugustaPhoto of cars parked on Broad Street in downtown Augusta
    It could be a big change for downtown Augusta...parking meters. The Mayor and businesses are proposing as a way to help the city's budget troubles and to free up spaces in the Broad Street area. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    It could be a big change for downtown Augusta...parking meters. The Mayor and businesses are proposing as a way to help the city's budget troubles and to free up spaces in the Broad Street area. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Augusta Commission To Re-Ignite Smoking Ban Proposal

    Augusta Commission To Re-Ignite Smoking Ban Proposal

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-03-26 22:13:09 GMT
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     Some Augusta Commissioners don't want to butt out of snuffing out smoking and say an ordinance to ban smoking in public places including bars will return after twice being defeated.
     Some Augusta Commissioners don't want to butt out of snuffing out smoking and say an ordinance to ban smoking in public places including bars will return after twice being defeated.
  • Sheriff's Office Uses Facebook Videos to Share Drop in Crime

    Sheriff's Office Uses Facebook Videos to Share Drop in Crime

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-03-26 20:43:41 GMT
    News Channel 6's Deon Guillory investigates the reason behind Facebook videos posted by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
    News Channel 6's Deon Guillory investigates the reason behind Facebook videos posted by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
  • SC House Committee Passes Emma’s Law to Reduce DUIs

    SC House Committee Passes Emma’s Law to Reduce DUIs

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-03-26 03:40:18 GMT
    The SC House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed “Emma’s Law” Tuesday afternoon, including a provision that critics say weakens the bill. The bill would require anyone convicted of DUI with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher to install an ignition interlock on his car.
    The SC House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed “Emma’s Law” Tuesday afternoon, including a provision that critics say weakens the bill. The bill would require anyone convicted of DUI with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher to install an ignition interlock on his car.
  • March 31st deadline extended if you've already started

    Affordable Health Care - Extension

    Affordable Health Care - Extension

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-03-26 02:51:11 GMT
    The Obama administration is granting more time for people to apply for health care if they started the process but were unable to complete it before the March 31 deadline.OFFICIALS SAYING TONIGHT the administration will be ready to help people -quote- "in line" by the deadline finish their applications, either online or over the phone.The administration is racing to sign up at least 6 million people in the new health insurance markets offering subsidized private coverage.
    The Obama administration is granting more time for people to apply for health care if they started the process but were unable to complete it before the March 31 deadline.OFFICIALS SAYING TONIGHT the administration will be ready to help people -quote- "in line" by the deadline finish their applications, either online or over the phone.The administration is racing to sign up at least 6 million people in the new health insurance markets offering subsidized private coverage.
  • Aiken County Debris Pick Up

    Aiken County Debris Pick Up

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-03-25 23:26:20 GMT
    A lot of Aiken County residents are wondering when all the storm debris is going to be picked up. Emergency Services Director Tommy Thompson is asking people to be patient, because debris pick up could take 6 to 8 more weeks.
    A lot of Aiken County residents are wondering when all the storm debris is going to be picked up. Emergency Services Director Tommy Thompson is asking people to be patient, because debris pick up could take 6 to 8 more weeks.
  • As Tree Crews Leave Some Neighborhoods In Richmond County, Others Wait For Them To Arrive

    As Tree Crews Leave Some Neighborhoods In Richmond County, Others Wait For Them To Arrive

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-03-25 22:57:20 GMT
    Tree crews are completing their final sweep through city neighborhoods finishing up the cleanup from the ice storm but some residents still have debris piles on touched as the end draws near.
    Tree crews are completing their final sweep through Richmond County neighborhoods finishing up the cleanup from February's ice storm. Some residents, though, still have debris piles on touched as the end draws near and are concerned. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Mayor Has Proposal To Raise City Revenues

    Mayor Has Proposal To Raise City Revenues

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-03-25 22:24:56 GMT
    Augusta Seal graphicAugusta Seal graphic
    Augusta budget woes has Mayor Deke Copenhaver proposing a plan to bring in new revenues...not a tax increase, but something that could be taxing for those who park downtown.
    Augusta budget woes has Mayor Deke Copenhaver proposing a plan to bring in new revenues...not a tax increase, but something that could be taxing for those who park downtown.
  • South Carolina Lawmaker Pulls Bill That Would Have Required Insurance And Licenses For Bicyclists, Moped Drivers

    South Carolina Lawmaker Pulls Bill That Would Have Required Insurance And Licenses For Bicyclists, Moped Drivers

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-03-25 21:56:24 GMT
    Photo of mopedsPhoto of mopeds
    A Greenville, South Carolina state lawmaker says she's pulling a bill adding restrictions to bicycle and moped riders.
    A Greenville, South Carolina state lawmaker says she's pulling a bill adding restrictions to bicycle and moped riders.
  • Aiken Water, Sewer Rates To Increase

    Aiken Water, Sewer Rates To Increase

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-03-25 21:51:06 GMT
    Consumer Alert graphicConsumer Alert graphic
    If you live in Aiken, get ready to pay more for your water and sewer services.
    If you live in Aiken, get ready to pay more for your water and sewer services.
  • Former City Bus Service Employees Blast Company Operating Augusta Public Transit

    Former City Bus Service Employees Blast Company Operating Augusta Public Transit

    Monday, March 24 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-03-24 23:12:17 GMT
    Photo of Mia Johnson, a former McDonald Transit Associates employeePhoto of Mia Johnson, a former McDonald Transit Associates employee
    McDonald Transit Associates, the operator of the Augusta Public Transit Department, is coming under fire from former employees charging wrongful termination and hostile work environment.
    McDonald Transit Associates, the operator of the Augusta Public Transit Department, is coming under fire from former employees charging wrongful termination and hostile work environment.
  • Problem Trees At Augusta's Riverwalk To Face The Axe

    Problem Trees At Augusta's Riverwalk To Face The Axe

    Monday, March 24 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-03-24 23:03:08 GMT
    Photo of trees on the Augusta RiverwalkPhoto of trees on the Augusta Riverwalk
    City leaders are finally taking steps to make Augusta's Riverwalk safer.
    City leaders are finally taking steps to make Augusta's Riverwalk safer.
  • City Leaders Look For More Money To Take Down Augusta Eye Sores

    City Leaders Look For More Money To Take Down Augusta Eye Sores

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:50:25 GMT
    Photo of a dilapitated house in Richmond CountyPhoto of a dilapitated house in Richmond County
    Augusta has hundreds of run down houses that need to be torn down, but only money to take down a handful. But, city officials are looking for additional funds to start on the problem all over town. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta has hundreds of run down houses that need to be torn down, but only money to take down a handful. But, city officials are looking for additional funds to start on the problem all over town. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Outlying CSRA Counties Still Working To Remove Storm Debris

    Outlying CSRA Counties Still Working To Remove Storm Debris

    Monday, March 24 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-03-24 21:49:54 GMT
    Several outlying counties in the CSRA are still working to cleanup debris from the ice storm.
    Several outlying counties in the CSRA are still working to cleanup debris from the ice storm. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story.
  • Augusta Man Upset About Settlement After Accident With City Worker

    Augusta Man Upset About Settlement After Accident With City Worker

    Friday, March 21 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-03-21 23:12:23 GMT
    An Augusta man is speaking out tonight about his settlement after he was involved in an accident with a city employee. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story...
    An Augusta man is speaking out tonight about his settlement after he was involved in an accident with a city employee. News Channel 6's Mike Miller has the story...
  • Debris Cleanup Crews To Begin Final Sweep Next Week

    Debris Cleanup Crews To Begin Final Sweep Next Week

    Friday, March 21 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-03-21 23:06:46 GMT
    Augusta officials are reporting that the first pass of debris pickup is 90% complete.
    Augusta officials are reporting that the first pass of debris pickup is 90% complete.
  • South Carolina House Subcommittee Passes “Emma’s Law” To Fight DUIs

    South Carolina House Subcommittee Passes “Emma’s Law” To Fight DUIs

    Friday, March 21 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-03-21 20:38:12 GMT
    A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed "Emma's Law" Thursday morning, a bill aimed at preventing DUIs and saving lives. It's named after 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2012.
    A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed "Emma's Law" Thursday morning, a bill aimed at preventing DUIs and saving lives. It's named after 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2012.
  • And They're Off! Aiken Spring Steeplechase This Weekend

    And They're Off! Aiken Spring Steeplechase This Weekend

    Friday, March 21 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-03-21 13:14:18 GMT
    There will be big hats, bow ties and big time fun to be had at the Aiken Steeplechase on Saturday.
    There will be big hats, bow ties and big time fun to be had at the Aiken Steeplechase on Saturday.
  • Homeowners Say Contractors Are Leaving Tree Limbs Behind

    Homeowners Say Contractors Are Leaving Tree Limbs Behind

    Thursday, March 20 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-03-20 23:27:30 GMT
    Homeowners say contractors are not picking up all tree limbs in their neighborhood.
    Homeowners say contractors are not picking up all tree limbs in their neighborhood.
  • Georgia Lawmakers Hope to Strengthen Animal Cruelty Punishment

    Georgia Lawmakers Hope to Strengthen Animal Cruelty Punishment

    Thursday, March 20 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-03-20 20:38:58 GMT
    Georgia lawmakers want to stiffen the penalties for the harshest cases of animal abuse and make it easier for prosecutors to pursue charges.
    Georgia lawmakers want to stiffen the penalties for the harshest cases of animal abuse and make it easier for prosecutors to pursue charges.
  • Medical Marijuana (Cannabis Oil) Bill Stalls In Georgia Legislature

    Medical Marijuana (Cannabis Oil) Bill Stalls In Georgia Legislature

    Thursday, March 20 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-03-20 20:08:10 GMT
    Georgia Statehouse graphicGeorgia Statehouse graphic
    A plan to create a medical marijuana (cannabis oil) program in Georgia has hit a political roadblock.
    A plan to create a medical marijuana (cannabis oil) program in Georgia has hit a political roadblock.
  • Bill to Protect SC Children From ID Theft Passes

    Bill to Protect SC Children From ID Theft Passes

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-03-20 00:00:28 GMT
    The South Carolina House gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill to protect children from identity theft by allowing their parents to put security freezes on their children’s credit. Right now, there’s no way to do that because, since children don’t have credit, they don’t have credit reports on which to put a security freeze. Under the bill, a parent would contact the three credit reporting agencies, which would create a file for the child and then put a security freeze on that file. J...
    The South Carolina House gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill to protect children from identity theft by allowing their parents to put security freezes on their children’s credit. Right now, there’s no way to do that because, since children don’t have credit, they don’t have credit reports on which to put a security freeze. Under the bill, a parent would contact the three credit reporting agencies, which would create a file for the child and then put a security freeze on that file. J...
  • Cleanup in Augusta Not As Widespread As The Storm Damage

    Cleanup in Augusta Not As Widespread As The Storm Damage

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-03-19 23:32:37 GMT
    Some Richmond County residents in private communities have been locked out of having their limbs picked up following last month's ice storm, and others are also off the cleanup radar because of where they live.WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Some Richmond County residents in private communities have been locked out of having their limbs picked up following last month's ice storm, and others are also off the cleanup radar because of where they live.WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Will Other Augusta Departments Ask For Budget Help?

    Will Other Augusta Departments Ask For Budget Help?

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-03-19 23:28:42 GMT
    Augusta Commissioners add $900,000 to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's budget after Sheriff Roundtree says he can't manage with a 2.4 percent cut, and other city departments say they may also need to come back to the commission for a budget fix before year's end
    Augusta Commissioners add $900,000 to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's budget after Sheriff Roundtree says he can't manage with a 2.4 percent cut, and other city departments say they may also need to come back to the commission for a budget fix before year's end.
  • Columbia County Commission Leaves Hospital Decision to the State

    Columbia County Commission Leaves Hospital Decision to the State

    Columbia County Commission Leaves Hospital Decision to the State

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-03-19 21:13:30 GMT
    The decision of which hospital will be built in Columbia County is now left up to the state. Commissioners voted to approve all three hospitals for the bid, and let them make their case to the Georgia Department of Community Health. With multiple meetings, presentations, and work sessions, many thought the county was getting one step closer to making a decision. After Tuesday night’s meeting, all three hospitals are...
    The decision of which hospital will be built in Columbia County is now left up to the state. Commissioners voted to approve all three hospitals for the bid, and let them make their case to the Georgia Department of Community Health. With multiple meetings, presentations, and work sessions, many thought the county was getting one step closer to making a decision. After Tuesday night’s meeting, all three hospitals are...
  • Governor Nathan Deal Launches Plan To Improve Rural Access To Health Care

    Governor Nathan Deal Launches Plan To Improve Rural Access To Health Care

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 2:08 PM EDT2014-03-19 18:08:19 GMT
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    Wednesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Community Health, announced three new proposals to improve rural access to health care.
    Wednesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Community Health, announced three new proposals to improve rural access to health care.
  • Bill Would At Least Double Fines for Speeding in Work Zones in SC

    Bill Would At Least Double Fines for Speeding in Work Zones in SC

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-03-19 02:56:05 GMT
    Kenneth "Peanut" Long, Jr. was killed in a highway work zone last August.
    Kenneth "Peanut" Long, Jr. was killed in a highway work zone last August.
  • No Decision Made on Columbia County Hospital

    No Decision Made on Columbia County Hospital

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-03-19 02:45:59 GMT
    Columbia County Commission Chairman, Ron Cross, has announced the body will not be making a decision on which local hospital be built in Columbia County.
    Columbia County Commission Chairman, Ron Cross, has announced the body will not be making a decision on which local hospital be built in Columbia County.
  • Richmond County Storm Debris Cleanup Costs Climb

    Richmond County Storm Debris Cleanup Costs Climb

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-03-18 23:51:48 GMT
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    The bill to clean up Augusta after last month's ice storm tops $11 million and city leaders expect it to be closer to $14 million when all is said and done.
    The bill to clean up Augusta after last month's ice storm tops $11 million and city leaders expect it to be closer to $14 million when all is said and done.
  • Richmond County Sheriff's Office Let Out Of Mandatory Budget Cut

    Richmond County Sheriff's Office Let Out Of Mandatory Budget Cut

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-03-18 23:38:57 GMT
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    There's now a nearly $900,000 hole in Augusta's budget after the Richmond County Sheriff's Office as left out of having to take a mandatory 2.4 percent budget cut.
    There's now a nearly $900,000 hole in Augusta's budget after the Richmond County Sheriff's Office as left out of having to take a mandatory 2.4 percent budget cut.
  • Augusta Municipal Building Bonds Approved; Money Available To Pay Back Interest Through 2018

    Augusta Municipal Building Bonds Approved; Money Available To Pay Back Interest Through 2018

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-03-18 23:29:12 GMT
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    Augusta city leaders move forward with a deal to issue bonds to renovate the Augusta Municipal Building. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
    Augusta city leaders move forward with a deal to issue bonds to renovate the Augusta Municipal Building. WJBF News Channel 6's George Eskola has the story.
  • Warrenton Mayor Wins Lawsuit Filed Against Him by City Council

    Mayor Wins Lawsuit Filed Against Him by City Council

    Mayor Wins Lawsuit Filed Against Him by City Council

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-03-18 21:40:42 GMT
    A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the city council and some Warrenton residents questioning Mayor George Ivey’s claim that he lives in Warrenton. It was a packed room at the Warren County Courthouse thisTuesdaymorning.People filed into the benches to hear the lawsuit against their new Mayor, George Ivey. City council members and some residents believe the Mayor does not live within the city limits, and therefore, ca...
    A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the city council and some Warrenton residents questioning Mayor George Ivey’s claim that he lives in Warrenton. It was a packed room at the Warren County Courthouse thisTuesdaymorning.People filed into the benches to hear the lawsuit against their new Mayor, George Ivey. City council members and some residents believe the Mayor does not live within the city limits, and therefore, ca...
  • SC father of girl killed by drunk driver wants lawmakers to pass Emma's Law

    SC father of girl killed by drunk driver wants lawmakers to pass Emma's Law

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-03-18 12:51:17 GMT
    David Longstreet is urging lawmakers to pass Emma's Law that would require ignition interlocks. His 6-year-old daughter, Emma, was killed January 1, 2012, because of a drunk driver. Billy Hutto Jr., was
    David Longstreet is urging lawmakers to pass Emma's Law that would require ignition interlocks. His 6-year-old daughter, Emma, was killed January 1, 2012, because of a drunk driver. Billy Hutto Jr., was
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