News for Wednesday, May 25, 2011


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Metro Albany's unemployment rate declines in April

Metro Albany's unemployment rate declines to 9.9 percent in April.

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Accused Auburn tree poisoner pleads not guilty

The man accused of poisoning the trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner has pleaded not guilty.

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Kerrigan's brother found not guilty in manslaughter charge of father

Former U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan sees a brutal ordeal end Wednesday when her brother is found not guilty of manslaughter in their dad's death.

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SEC/ACC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: UGA, Auburn, Ga. Tech and FSU all routed in tourney openers

The Bulldogs' up-and-down season continues Wednesday when they lose to Vanderbilt, 10-0, in the first round of the SEC Tournament. (ADDS: roundup items on FSU, Georgia Tech and Auburn).

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Albany's Skinner tees off in third career major today

River Pointe Golf Club pro Sonny Skinner tees off today in the first round of the prestigious Senior PGA Championship on the famed Valhalla course in Kentucky.

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Crisp Academy, last year's Class A state runner-up, on verge of second state title at school in last three months

Crisp Academy won it all in girls basketball three months ago against Westwood --- the same school it will face today for the GISA Class A state baseball title in Cordele.

AG's office clarifies position on joining merger complaint

A spokesperson for the attorney general office says the FTC asked its office to join itsaction against Phoebe Putney.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

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Census officials explain count

The Census Bureau is the largest data collector in the world, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Time to settle the score

The top two teams in GISA's Class A all season -- Westwood and Crisp Academy -- also happen to be from the same region and separated by a little more than 60 miles as the two local rivals get set for the rematch of their lives today in the state championship series after splitting during the regular season.

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Former UGA star Ward, partner win 'Dancing with the Stars'

Former Georgia star football player Hines Ward said he wanted to make "Bulldog nation and Steeler nation proud," Tuesday night on the Dancing with the Stars finale -- and he did, becoming the second NFL player to win the contest.

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Lakers reach deal in principle with Mike Brown

With Phil Jackson gone, the Lakers finalize a deal with Mike Brown to become their new head coach.

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Braves edge Pirates in extras, 4-2

As the Braves prepare for an off day and then start of a big series with the Reds, Brooks Conrad plays hero Wednesday afternoon with the game-winning HR in the 11th inning to help Atlanta beat the Pirates.

County commission weighs moratorium on streetlights

The proposal would allow streetlights currently on the approved list to be put up, but further consideration would cease.

DCA offering mortgage funds

Federal stimulus money is available to help unemployed or underemployed workers prevent foreclosures.

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Dougherty County officials preparing department managers for possible 'Reduction in Force' scenario

Dougherty County officials are recommending a mixture of cuts and revenue enhancement opportunities.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Sentencing delayed for former Archbold CEO

Ken Beverly was convicted December 8, 2010 of six felony fraud counts.

Dougherty School Board rehires pair

School board members reverse a decision made on May 11 concerning two local administrators.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Grief counselors at Worth schools after fatal crash

The Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating a Tuesday crash.

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Tornado death toll climbs

The death toll from a monster tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday.