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Judge hears arguments in suit against private probation firm

...Robert Norman Jr. argued on behalf of Judi cial Alternatives that the plaintiff's reliance on state law prohibiting local governments from entering into open-ended contracts is misplaced. The contract is automatically renewed each year, but it...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-07-27/judge-hears-arguments-
Rain tax has always been a done deal

...although the commission hadn't approved it. And Smith was ready to move forward on it months ago.So now the local government will have about $12 million more a year to spend on the city's aging and neglected-by-design stormwater system...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/city-ink/2015-07-25/rain-tax-has-al
25 years after passage, Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of millions

...protections, which now cover an estimated 55 million Americans, extend to five key areas: employment, state and local government facilities and services, public accommodations, telecommunications, and transportation.By bringing attention...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/national/2015-07-25/25-years-after-passage-ame
Augusta Youth Development Campus | The Augusta Chronicle

...Even before Gov. Nathan Deal signs a comprehensive juvenile-justice bill into law this week in Dalton, state and local governments have begun putting the pieces into place. Don't Miss Databases: Search public records data Things to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/topics/crime/augusta-youth-development-campus
Proposal made to expand Augusta Common

...Simon about the plan and agreed that downtown Augusta "definitely" needed more hotel rooms."The struggles that local governments have is there is always the question, if you want the development, how much are you willing to offer to secure...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-07-24/proposal-made-expand-aug
How much is enough?

...Not only do "we the people" have to deal with the federal and state governments demanding more and more, but our local governments come to extort money from us also.How much is enough? Government is the only institution that can demand money...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-07-24/how-much-enough
Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts

...Opponents warn higher wages will kill jobs and lead to higher prices. Sixteen states have passed laws barring local governments from setting their own minimum wage.Democrats, including presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/national/2015-07-23/higher-minimum-wage-propos
Smoking is a toxic behavior affecting those around you

...and keeping the status quo for fear of rocking the boat isn't always the best decision. It's time for our local government to make a healthy decision for the majority of its citizens by passing a smoke-free ordinance, protecting those...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2015-07-18/smoking-toxic-be
Davis to host telephone town hall

...days ahead."I'm excited to use this technology to reach and engage more Augustans in what is happening in the local government and in the mayor's office. It is important to be able to connect with our residents and get outside of the walls...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-07-20/davis-host-telephone-tow
May unemployment rises for Augusta metro area

...leisure and hospitality, primarily linked to the Masters, as well as in education and health services, and state and local government.Despite the job loss in May, the labor department reported the metro area has 6,000 more jobs than May 2014...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-06-25/may-unemployment-rises-aug