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2016 Olympic Games next big challenge facing Brazil

...for 50 years.But as costs have risen, and in an election year for President Dilma Rousseff, national, state and local officials have flip-flopped. Now they say infrastructure spending should be viewed separately from direct Olympic spending...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/olympics/2014-07-15/2016-olympic-games-next-
Georgia teachers not rushing for guns, despite new law

...Republican who has backed the concept since 2012, said he's not disappointed that districts aren't using it, but local officials should consider the option if they can't afford police officers in schools. Gov. Nathan Deal's spokesman Brian...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-06-27/georgia-teachers-not-rush
Army cuts threaten Georgia jobs

...All combined, the Army says, the cutbacks could cost Georgia $1.7 billion in lost annual income. State and local officials who work to protect Georgia's military interests said they're not too alarmed. While the Army is downsizing from...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-07-01/army-cuts-threaten-georg
Georgia school districts, pulled into debate on guns, resist arming teachers despite new law

...Republican who has backed the concept since 2012, said he's not disappointed that districts aren't using it, but local officials should consider the option if they can't afford police officers in schools.Gov. Nathan Deal's spokesman Brian...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-06-27/georgia-school-districts-pulled-deb
SC elections bill awaits vote in Senate

...Currently, if a county isn't following the law or voluntarily complying with policy, the agency can only inform local officials and legislators of a potential problem.A panel of House and Sen ate members had been working on a compromise over...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-23/sc-elections-bill-awaits-vote
Emergency drill planned for Plant Vogtle

...used.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires nuclear plants to conduct a hostile action-based emergency exercise at least once every eight years. Several hundred federal, state and local officials will participate in the drill.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-05-20/emergency-drill-planned-wedn
Ending eyesores

...to maintain.Some cities are adopting "fast track" demolition policies to reduce red tape and cut labor costs. Local officials may want to consider adopting similar ordinances.By all means, communities should exercise caution when dealing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-05-03/ending-eyesores
Deans Bridge, I-520 among Augusta area's most dangerous intersections

...after they complete engineering studies and cost analyses in response to concerns expressed by the traveling public or local officials, or above-average crash totals.Lamkin said many drivers should brake completely and not roll forward into oncoming...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-14/deans-bridge-i-520-among-aug
SC board approves new educator evaluation system

...The evaluations are not linked to teachers' salaries. According to an agency report, they're intended to allow local officials to tailor training to educators' specific strengths and weaknesses, while providing educators more frequent feedback...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-06-13/sc-board-approves-new-educato
Lawmaker fights bill clearing way for Aiken tax

...consider the governor's vetoes and other specific bills.Rep. Brian White, another Anderson Republican, said local officials asked for the county to be included."It was pretty unanimous from my recollection," said the lawmaker, who served...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-06-08/lawmaker-fights-bill-clearing