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SC Senate passes bill allowing legal bridge games

...unconstitutional single-county and special acts addressing various counties in the State of South Carolina," attorneys for the group wrote.Sen. Larry Martin, Judiciary Committee chairman, has warned that such a lawsuit could make a mess out...
Nonprofit says South Carolina gay marriage ban hurts kids

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage is harmful to children with gay parents, according to a court filing this week by a children's rights group.
Georgia lawmakers debate easing gun laws for those treated for mental illness

Georgia lawmakers will debate rules Thursday that could allow more mentally ill people to carry firearms, though hasty changes may blunt some of the impact.
Suit over inmate mental health gets day in court

Judge Michael Baxley is expected to begin hearing arguments Monday in the case that accuses the Corrections Department of subjecting mentally ill inmates to cruel and unusual punishment.
ID law's effects will be watched

...or afford one. Voting monitors will see how this new law affects voters, said Meredith E.B. Bell, an ACLU attorney for the group's Voting Rights Project. "Very few people are aware that this law has been put into effect," she said...
State fines dredging group nearly $494,000

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A dredging group has been fined $494,000 after state environmental officials say it dumped dredge spoil into the Calibogue Sound instead of a designated offshore dump site.
Clergy take case to court

ATLANTA - A lawyer for nearly 50 preachers and rabbis tried to persuade Georgia's Supreme Court on Tuesday to give them a chance to argue the constitutionality of electrocution in death-penalty cases in a novel way. Their idea is to look at the issue on its own, without tying the question to a particular case, which could be so emotion-filled that dispassionate consideration is difficult. So in March, the group filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections, which administers the death penalty.
Southern Co. profits wilt they were thinking of the best interest of Southern Company, not the ratepayers," said Randall Quintrell, attorney for the group. Hearings on that rate request will begin next month.
Across South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded after he investigated a burglary call in a coastal county.
Authority concerned about new high school

The Development Authority of Richmond County has decided to voice concern about a new high school being built in south Augusta. Others in the community already have sought to move the location of the new school being built in the Goshen area off Old Waynesboro Road. The Georgia Board of Education in Atlanta will hear a community group's request to stop construction at the site, which abates the Forward Augusta Industrial Park.
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