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City Ink: Augusta Commission members say 'slum' is not an indictment for downtown

City officials are paying consultants $6,000 a month to promote and "rebrand" the Laney Walker-Bethlehem revitalization district, but are willing to call downtown Augusta "slum."
Redistricting committee approves new Augusta map

After more than three hours of deliberating and some last-minute revisions, Augusta's ad hoc redistricting committee succeeded Tuesday in approving a map of redrawn Augusta Commission and Richmond County school board district lines based on 2010 census data.
House OKs Augusta district maps

ATLANTA - The Georgia House passed a revised district map Friday for the Augusta Commission and the Richmond County Board of Education.
Districts face off against counties

COLUMBIA - Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell testified Thursday that the Senate focused on keeping "communities of interest" together more than keeping counties intact as they redrew the body's 46 districts. "I think county lines in many instances have become obsolete," Mr. McConnell, R-Charleston, told a panel of federal judges who will decide the final lines for the Statehouse and U.S. House seats. But Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, testified that the public identifies with counties, not districts.