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SC inspector general's report finds 329 disabled residents of group homes overcharged for rent

COLUMBIA - Hundreds of South Carolina people with disabilities have been overcharged roughly $2 million for their care in group homes, according to a report released Thursday.
Augusta's lead arson investigator to retire Friday

...and lead arson investigator."There's no question Lt. Brown will be missed," said Dee Griffin, the spokeswoman for the department. "He's a great man who's given so much to our fire department. We absolutely wish him the best in retirement...
Ga. inmate sues prison over rape

...administrators violated his constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment by failing to protect him.A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections declined to comment to the newspaper, citing the case's pending status.The inmate has...
Ga. teachers protest benefits change

ATLANTA -- About 100 teachers used a furlough day or part of their winter break to bring their complaints to lawmakers Tuesday about changes in the State Health Benefit Plan.
SC's unemployment agency says employee downloaded personal data

...The employee who downloaded the data to a personal flash drive was fired Tuesday, said Adrienne Fairwell, spokeswoman for the Department of Employment and Workforce, or DEW.The unidentified employee in the agency's human resources department...
Reporting lags in Ga.'s hotel-motel tax program

ATLANTA - Dozens of cities and counties across Georgia are authorized to collect money through a lodging tax, but state officials say they are unable to account for how every dollar has been spent.
River swim is first and least-predictable leg of Ironman

...fatality, involving an 83-year-old woman, that occurred near Savannah in 2007, said Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources.In past years, concerns have arisen over water quality, especially in the downtown...
Audit shows children's welfare system computers contain outdated information

...made their visits to investigate abuse and neglect allegations before the data showed up in the system.A spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services said Thursday the auditors were correct in observing that timely, accurate data was critical...
GBI begins criminal investigation, awaits autopsy in YDC death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is awaiting autopsy results in this week's death of a YDC inmate.
New year to bring area jobs

Despite losses in manufacturing and other sectors, officials say the steady growth seen in 2006 at the local and state level should continue in the new year.
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