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4th-graders can now get free annual national park passes

Your fourth-grader is your family's free pass to the nation's national parks.Starting Tuesday, the federal government is giving annual passes to fourth-graders and their families, an effort to get kids into the national...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/2015-09-03/4th-graders-can-now-get-free-a
Georgia factory activity slowing

...braking, according to the most recent Purchasing Managers Index.August's 8-point decline from July in the index released Tuesday drops it to 45.9, below the 50-point reading that generally indicates an expanding overall economy.Coming amid the gyrations...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-09-02/georgia-factory-activity-s
Mental health counselor, employees indicted in Medicaid fraud case

...mental health counselor and seven people who worked at his offices in Augusta, Vidalia, Albany, Savannah and Atlanta.On Tuesday, a Richmond County grand jury named Carl Anthony Ward law in the indictment accusing him and his employees of conspiracy to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-09-02/mental-health-counselo
Arby's apologizes for refusing to serve Fla. cop

...An incident report says a police sergeant attempted to order at the Arby's drive-thru, about 20 miles north of Miami, Tuesday evening. A manager explained the drive-thru worker didn't want to serve her because she was a police officer. The manager...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-09-03/arbys-apologizes-refusing-serve-fla
'Slave Trade' video game altered after social media backlash

...founder Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen took to Twitter to defend "Slave Trade" against the controversy before deleting his account Tuesday. He could not be immediately reached for comment."Slave Trade," which is intended to teach children ages 11 to 14 about...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/entertainment/2015-09-03/slave-trade-vide
High school team's on-field baptism investigated

...and see how God is STILL in our schools!"The Freedom from Religion Founda tion sent a letter to Carroll County officials Tuesday asking the district to investigate the incident and ensure there are no more religious events that violate students' constitutional...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-09-02/high-school-teams-field-bapti
Augusta-area Labor Day holiday closings for 2015

...Financial institutions closed Monday? Fort Gordon offices closed Monday? Georgia Department of Driver Services closed Saturday-Tuesday? State offices closed Monday? U.S. Postal Service offices closed Monday

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-09-02/augusta-area-labor-day-holida
Yahoo CEO takes on company turnaround, childbirth

...company has contributed to a 37 percent decline in Yahoo's stock price so far this year. The shares closed at $31.60 Tuesday. The price has still more than doubled under Mayer, but that gain has been almost entirely driven by Yahoo's large stake...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-09-03/yahoo-ceo-takes-company-tu
Columbia County school system picks state model with flexibility, mandates

...public meeting to explain the Stra tegic Waivers contract to residents and allow them to ask questions, Carraway said.That meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school board offices at 4781 Hereford Farm Road in Evans.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2015-09-02/columbia-county-school-sy
US markets rebound a day after plunge

...government bond prices fell, pushing the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note up to 2.19 percent from 2.15 percent on Tuesday.The euro was 0.5 percent lower at $1.1234, a day ahead of the European Central Bank's latest policy meeting. The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-09-02/us-markets-rebound-day-aft