Teen births down but more effective contraception needed

...declines are victories that help individuals, families and communities as well," said Dr. Ileana Arias, principal deputy director for the CDC. "Yet we can't be complacent when we hear about this news. We still need to help teens delay having...

3 officers hospitalized after assault at McCormick Correctional Institution

...hospitalized Monday after an assault at the McCormick Correctional Institution, officials said.Stephanie Givens, the deputy director for communications for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, said the officers were assaulted by inmates...

Augusta, military leaders talk Fort Gordon growth at session on Army plans to reduce troops

...has understood and embraced the growth rate in this county," Forehand said.John McLaurin, Department of Army deputy director of force management, said 30 installations were considered for cuts but the final decisions will largely depend on...

Many of Deal's top aides, executive branch officials get pay raises

...criticism for the Deal administration.English, though, hasn't left the emergency management agency. He's the new deputy director, getting paid the same $122,003 salary he earned before.

Electronics can be recycled to keep materials out of Augusta landfill

...Augusta plans to make a bigger push this year to recycle old computers, phones and televisions.Lori Videtto, the deputy director of Augusta Environmental Services, said too many electronic items are ending up in the county landfill on Deans Bridge...

South Carolina House votes to eliminate Commission on Higher Education in budget debate

...support for an overhaul, as the commission did not intervene or draw attention to the problems.Julie Carullo, a deputy director, said the agency's authority is dictated by law."We'd be happy to discuss if he wants to expand our powers...

South Carolinians fighting mental illness need housing assistance

...officials can provide follow-up service to them."There's still a huge need out there," said Geoff Mason, deputy director of community mental health services, who told lawmakers about a recent study that estimated about 5,500 recovering...

City officials stop apparent cell tower work

...installation of a tower."They do not have a permit; they do not have the zoning for it," said Rob Sherman, deputy director of development for the city's planning and development office.Sherman said the extent of work performed at the...

Horse 'kill buying' legal, but critics see abuse, deception

...but the modern incarnation of full-scale processing plants began in the 1970s, according to Chris Heyde, the deputy director of government and legal affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute.The American palate never had much taste for horse...

Abandoned homes continue to weigh on Augusta's future

...from $153,000 in 2013 to $200,000 in 2014, but it has been set at $35,000 this year.Rob Sherman, the deputy director of planning and development, said like in past fiscal years, the amount could increase as the city settles into its...