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Medicaid proposal could cost Georgia billions of federal dollars

A GOP proposal to transform Medicaid into a block grant program could cost Georgia billions of dollars in projected federal spending.

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Day 2 of Kerrigan trial takes emotional turn

Former U.S. Olympic figure skating star Nancy Kerrigan's mother comes to the defense of her son, who is accused of killing their father.

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Oklahoma star linebacker Box dies of apparent overdose

A witness claims that Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box died of a drug overdose Thursday, although authorities have not released the cause od death.

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Stratford routs DWS girls soccer team in GISA Class AAA Final Four

Deerfield's girls soccer team sees its season end for the second year in a row against Stratford Academy, this time in the Final Four on Thursday, 5-0.

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Former Armstrong teammate Hamilton on '60 Minutes': Lance is as dirty as they come

Although he's been caught cheating and lying before, shamed U.S. cyclist Tyler Hamilton says his story he told CBS' "60 Minutes" that Lance Armstrong has been doping since the late 90s is to be believed.

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Americus-Sumter set for inaugural Hall of Fame induction

A host of former Americus sports stars are set to be enshrined Saturday night at GSW during the first-ever Hall of Fame induction, including current Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey and NFL coaching legend Dan Reeves.

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Deerfield's Moree to continue baseball career at Covenant

Knights third baseman Matt Moree secures his college future Wednesday with D-III Covenant as DWS gears up for its biggest series of the season today vs. Tattnall.

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GISA CLASS A STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: Westwood crushes Memorial, 14-0, in Game 1 of Final Four

Westwood's Douglas Nobles pitches a no-hitter, then blasts two HRs to lead the Wildcats to a 14-0, five-inning rout in Game 1 of their Class A Final Four series with Memorial on Thursday.

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GISA CLASS A STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: Randolph Southern out for revenge in Final Four against local rival Crisp Academy

Randolph Southern meets Region 1-A champ Crisp Academy today in the GISA Class A Final Four, but the Patriots, who won only four games during the regular season and lost to Crisp twice, say they are a different team, and a team with nothing to lose.

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Still trying to tame Tattnall

For three straight years, Tattnall Square has knocked Deerfield's baseball team out of the state playoffs -- a fact the Knights would like to change during Round 4 in the state semifinals today in Macon.

Chamber's Martin succumbs to illness

Wendy Martin, who once served as interim president/CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and has worked as vice president of public policy and communications since current chamber President/CEO Catherine Glover came on board in September of 2008, reportedly died late Thursday.- Staff Reports

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Albany's first FasTrac class graduates

Twenty small businesses from seven Southwest Georgia counties complete a University of Georgia program.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

Jobless rate drops below 10 percent

The Albany area gained 1,700 jobs over the year, statistics from the state Labor Department show.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Sasser shows booked

A small music venue in an even smaller community is drawing some big names in country music for summer and fall shows.

Pharmacist surrenders license, appeals conviction

J. Harris Morgan was convicted of health care fraud in federal court in December.

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Officers salute fallen brethren

Throughout the state's history, 616 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Accused murderer guilty of robbery

Jordan Harris was involved in a series of armed robberies at area Flash Food stores in 2009.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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