News for Monday, August 20, 2012

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At last: Augusta National allows women members

For the first time in 80 years of existence, Augusta National welcomes its first two women members Monday.

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APD responds to aggravated assault

The Albany Police Department is looking into a theft that turned into an aggravated assault that was reported in East Albany just after midnight on Sunday.

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Bishop kicks off re-election campaign

U.S Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, is looking to get an 11th two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Two wanted for armed robberies

Warrants have been issued for a pair of Albany men who are suspects in recent armed robberies.

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Lee reaches LOST split settlement

The split of Lee County Local-Option Sales Tax revenue will be 81 percent for the county, 13 percent for Leesburg and 6 percent for Smithville.

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Liberals have a low opinion of voting public’s intelligence

In a letter to the editor, Allan W. Russell of Leesburg says that liberals have a low opinion of the voting public’s intelligence.

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No one president can bring down the United States

In a letter to the editor, David Davies of Albany says that no one president can bring down the United States.

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Community needs assessment ongoing

The grant-funding arm of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is accepting a cycle of applications through Sept 14.

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Missouri Senate candidate a man without a party

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., was pretty much a man without a party Monday after making a ridiculous assertion Sunday that has nailed shut the coffin of his candidacy.

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Georgia first lady touts bus safety

Eleven school children have died in the state since 1995 because drivers illegally passed stopped school buses.

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APD investigating auto incidents

Albany police say a juvenile was taken into custody in connection with three entering auto incidents.

Conservation efforts saving county money

A Dougherty County official tells the County Commission recent green efforts are already paying off with savings.

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Squawk of the day - August 21, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Federal appeals court lifts hold on section of Georgia immigration law

A federal appeals court has ruled law enforcement in Georgia may verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce proper identification.

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Police/Fire/EMS - August 21, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 90 incidents.

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VIDEO of the DAY: Getting an autograph from Lady Gaga can be painful

In Bucharest, Romania, an eager fan walks away with a few bruises rather than a highly-coveted Lady Gaga autograph.

Frank Jackson

Frank Jackson, Leesburg, died August 20, 2012

Rolland A. Ramler

Rolland A. Ramler, 74, died August 18, 2012

Idus Lamar Goocher

Idus Lamar Goocher, 84, Donalsonville, died August 20, 2012

Louis Sheffield

Louis Sheffield, 98, Colquitt, died August 19, 2012

Horace Jerome Peters

Horace Jerome Peters, Terrell County, died August 19, 2012

Sylvester Scott

Sylvester Scott, 60, Albany, died August 18, 2012

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, 44, Donaldsonville, died August 17, 2012

Jorvis Williams

Jorvis Williams, Americus, died August 20, 2012

Tommye Mae Benson

Tommye Mae Benson, 79, Cordele, died August 19, 2012

Carolyn H. Melton

Carolyn H. Melton, 81, Albany, died August 19, 2012

Mable Lee Gibson Frazier

Mable Lee Gibson Frazier, 78, Albany, died August 20, 2012

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown, 51, Georgetown, GA died August 15, 2012

W. C. Dozier, Sr.

Rev. W.C. Dozier, Sr., 89, Smithville, died August 19, 2012

Realice Johnson

Realice Johnson, Montezuma, GA, died August 19, 2012

Gerald Clarence Dean

Gerald Clarence Dean, 80, Leary, died August 18, 2012

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Commissioner questions elections issue

A Dougherty County official says taxpayer money is being wasted on a School Board candidacy that may be “null and void.”

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Man tased by Albany police

James Young, 28, is in custody after a domestic issue led to him being Tasered by an Albany police officer.

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Senate candidate's comments on women stir outcry

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, sparked a furor and earned a rebuke from Mitt Romney's campaign after making controversial comments about women.

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Former Early County Sheriff's investigator indicted

A former Early County Sheriff's Investigator and the son of Early County Sheriff Jimmie Murkerson, has been indicted in federal court for extortion and lying to FBI agents in connection to purchase of anabolic steroids, court documents show.

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