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SC cracks down on food stamp fraud

COLUMBIA - With help from federal officials, South Carolina's top prosecutor has set up a specialized unit in a pilot project to go after people accused of abusing the state's food stamp program.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-02-13/sc-cracks-down-food-stam
South Carolina attorney general dedicates special prosecutor to go after fraud in food stamp program

COLUMBIA, S.C. - With help from federal officials, South Carolina's top prosecutor has set up a specialized unit in a pilot project to go after people accused of abusing the state's food stamp program.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-02-13/south-carolina-attorney-gener
Graystone Ranch relinquishes animals, withdraws USDA application

...The owners of Graystone Ranch in Hephzibah withdrew their application for a new operating license with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday and have relinquished all of their exotic animals to other facilities, officials confirmed.The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-02-03/graystone-ranch-reliquishes-
Protesters target circus animals' treatment

Protesters say the circus is an outdated form of entertainment that is physically and psychologically abusive to animals, which has been documented in undercover videos and spurred recent government penalties against offenders.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-31/protesters-target-circus-anim
Circus animals mistreated

In 2011 Ringling Brothers was fined a record $270,00 for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-01-20/circus-animals-mistreate
Horse 'kill buying' legal, but critics see abuse, deception

Kill buyers purchase horses at auctions or other outlets in the U.S., haul them hundreds of miles and sell them by the trailer-load to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-17/horse-kill-buying-legal-criti
Augusta's federal workforce gets 1 percent pay raise in new year

The New Year brings a small pay raise for more than 18,000 federal employees in the Augusta area.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-01-01/augustas-federal-workfor
Savannah mall uses fake vultures to frighten flock

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Atop the roof at the Savannah Mall, 10 vulture effigies have been strung up on poles to frighten other birds.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-09/savannah-mall-uses-vultures-
Graystone Ranch in Hephzibah being investigated by USDA

Graystone Ranch in Hephzibah is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after exhibiting its Bengal tiger, raccoons, gray foxes and nearly 50 other animals to the public without a license for almost...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-11-22/graystone-ranch-hephzibah-bei
US turkey numbers at 28-year low, record wholesale prices precede Thanksgiving

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Turkey production is at its lowest level in nearly three decades and wholesale prices are at an all-time high, but Thanksgiving cooks probably won't see much difference in the price they pay.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-16/us-turkey-numbers-28-year-