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Trained local workers help lure filmmakers to Augusta

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Amy Rhinehart Bailey never, in a million years, aspired to be a movie producer. But as a mother to seven children and the co-owner of two Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar restaurants with her husband, Craig, she craves organization. ...

4-year-old dies of accidental self-inflicted gunshot

Jun. 18, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

TEMPLE, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating the death of a four-year-old in Maine who they say died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting happened on Thursday in Temple, police said. Police said other family members were in the house at...

Georgia Power seeks $235M boost to pay for nuclear plant

Jun. 17, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. is asking regulators to let it raise annual rates on customers by $235 million a year as the utility seeks to pay for its share of a huge nuclear project. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer...

Maine House votes to eliminate police data sharing center

Jun. 14, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House voted Monday to eliminate the state’s secretive “fusion center” created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to ensure data is shared among law enforcement agencies. The 88-54 vote followed a whistleblower lawsuit...

Motorcyclist killed, passenger injured in Augusta crash

Jun. 13, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a crash with a vehicle in Augusta on Saturday night, police said. The crash happened as the driver of a sports utility vehicle was making a left turn off of Civic Center Drive onto...

Pastor seeks understanding with vandal, not prosecution

Jun. 13, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The pastor of a vandalized Georgia church said he doesn't want to seek criminal charges, but instead seeks to reach out to the person who graffitied the church's buildings. “My concern was not about the building. It was about the person,” Will...

4 inmates may have contracted tuberculosis in Georgia prison

Jun. 12, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

ALAMO, Ga. (AP) — At least four inmates may have contracted tuberculosis at a privately run state prison in south Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health tells WMAZ-TV that one case has been confirmed and three are suspected at Wheeler Correctional Facility in...

More judicial circuits could split after Columbia exits

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Leaders in counties in at least three other Georgia judicial circuits are interested in splitting up after Columbia County successfully persuaded lawmakers to break it off from what had been a three-county Augusta Judicial Circuit. The Administrative...

6-year-old boy drives, crashes SUV, is not injured

Jun. 08, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — A 6-year-old boy took the keys to an SUV, drove it and crashed it Saturday, but was not injured, police in Maine said. The child's caretaker told police in Livermore Falls the boy had gone to bed around 8 p.m. but then got up and took the...

Georgia woman arrested after mom's body buried in backyard

Jun. 07, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman was charged with concealing a death after the remains of her mother were found buried in the backyard of their home, authorities said. Officers who were called to a home on Thursday about a report of a suspicious situation discovered...