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New York weighs letting dogs enter outdoor dining areas

...Water was the first St. Petersburg, Florida, restaurant to seek a permit to welcome dogs on its patio after a 2006 state law opened the door. But the pub banned them after three months.They sometimes yapped at each other and patrons and, in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-24/new-york-weighs-letting-do
Grand Strand sees quieter bike weekend this year

...down.Police took a number of steps to try to reduce the violence. More officers ? about 200 state troopers and 180 State Law Enforcement Divi sion agents ? joined local law enforcement agencies with an already heavy presence.Authorities created...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-05-25/grand-strand-sees-quieter-bik
Aiken City Council | The Augusta Chronicle

...the governing body for the City of Aiken, holding municipal corporation regulatory powers as provided by South Carolina state law. The body consists of seven members, including the mayor, four district representatives and two at-large representatives...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/topics/government/aiken-city-council
Group stopped from desegregating war memorial sues South Carolina

...plaques on a war memorial that segregate the list of dead soldiers in the two world wars to "white" and "colored."The state law that moved the Confed erate flag from the Statehouse dome to a pole in front of the capitol in 2000 also prohibits local...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-05-23/group-stopped-desegregating-w
Sentinel named in 14th civil rights lawsuit

...counties. These lawsuits have led to a change in the state law that enables local governments and courts to contract...have not been approved by local governing bodies, as state law requires. Without a valid contract, Sen tinel cannot...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-05-22/sentinel-named-14th-ci
Police: After 10-hour standoff, officers fatally shoot man they suspect of wounding deputy

...or himself," Police Chief Greg Mullen told reporters during a news conference.Mullen said the standoff began when a State Law Enforcement Division agent arrived at the apartment about 3:45 a.m. Thursday to serve Caldwell with a warrant for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-05-21/police-after-10-hour-standoff
Across Georgia

...22-year-old Elantra Cunningham, agreed with the decision.Cunningham was cited for leaving the dog in the hot car.Georgia state law allows an individual to break a car window to save a child in distress, but the same protection does not apply to pets...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-05-20/across-georgia
Charges dropped against Ga. man who freed dog from hot car

...Bridge Centre on the Oconee Connector and cited Elantra Cunningham, 22, of Athens, with leaving a dog in a hot car.State law allows someone to break a window for a child or adult, but not for an animal.The incident occurred shortly before 11...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-05-19/charges-dropped-against-ga-m
SC senator filibusters abortion bill over exceptions

...D-Orangeburg, noted such anomalies are detected about the 20th week.The bill only affects abortions performed in hospitals. State law already bars the state's three abortion clinics from performing the procedure past 13 weeks.Fewer than 30 abortions...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-05-14/sc-senator-filibusters-a
USDA creates new labeling for GMO-free

...bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., provides for voluntary USDA certification and would override any state laws that require the labeling. The food industry has strongly backed Pompeo's bill, arguing labels would be misleading...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-14/usda-creates-new-labeling-