News for Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Judge Phipps speaks at ACRI

A state judge who served on the bench in Dougherty County speaks at the Albany Civil Rights Institute’s Community Night.

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Phoebe North transition continues

As it now stands, there are six free-standing women’s and children’s hospitals in the nation.

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Deferring deportations is the right thing to do

The photos were heartening and heartbreaking. Thousands of young people lined up on a sweltering summer day, clutching the papers that chart their lives in America: diplomas and awards, pay stubs and rent receipts, bank statements and tax returns.

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U.S. troops at risk from Afghan ‘friends’

The deadly “insider” violence against American troops in Afghanistan has gotten some new explanations, though they are quite hard to accept.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Randolph Southern's Ragan throws 3rd one-hitter

Randolph Southern junior Madison Ragan had 11 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout Thursday against Fullington Academy. (ADDS: SGA, Terrell Academy and Westwood softball)

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ATC cuts ribbon on new labs

Hotel, restaurant, tourism and marketing management programs at a local technical college will utilize new labs.

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KICKOFF 2012: Greenwave plan to ride playmaker Scott

Terrell County dual-threat quarterback Jerkerious Scott might be the most underrated player in all of Southwest Georgia, but if he accomplishes his goals during his final season and leads the Greenwave back to the playoffs, he’ll have everyone’s undivided attention.

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So much at stake

Westwood, the two-time defending GISA Class A state champ, begins another shot at perfection in tonight’s season opener with a 26-0, two-year winning streak on the line — but then again, its opponent Piedmont Academy does, too.

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Marshal says Tifton business fire was arson

A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of persons responsible for a business fire.

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Gang Task Force members reveal enforcement

Two members of the Albany Police Department gang unit outline the gang problem in the area.

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Monroe, Seminole, Early get votes in AP prep football poll

Sportswriters across Georgia don’t rank any area teams in The Associated Press’ first Top 10 of the year, but three squads get votes in the season’s preseason poll. (ADDS: Complete poll; Corky Kell Classic)

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Expectations sky high for Darton men, who open season tonight

The Cavs, who begin the season this weekend as the No. 3 team in the nation, will be tested right away against No. 21 San Jacinto College and No. 4 Tyler.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for August 24, 2012

APD responds to at least 57 incidents.

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City, county set LOST mediation

Officials with the Albany and Dougherty County governments are trying to negotiate a split of local-option sales tax funds.

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Squawk of the Day - August 24, 2012

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Investigation launched into Mitchell Correctional Institute

Leaders in Mitchell County are awaiting a report from the Georgia Department of Corrections following an investigation into the operations of the Mitchell Correctional Institute, interim Administrator Jerry Perminter says.

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Isaac lashes Caribbean, aims for Florida; new storm also forms

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands braced for torrential rains on Thursday as Tropical Storm Isaac whipped up waves as high as 10 feet (3 meters) in the Caribbean and threatened to become a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as Republicans gather for their national convention.

Cora Jean McCray

Cora Jean McCray, 62, Albany died August 21, 2012

Joseph Jackson

Joseph Jackson, 44, of Albany died August 17, 2012

Julian Francis Carswell

Julian Francis Carswell, 69, Albany, died August 22, 2012

William Thomas Etheridge

William Thomas Etheridge, 75, Albany, died August 22, 2012

Gloria Ann Fowler Morris

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James Austin Smith

James Austin Smith, 50, Leesburg, died August 23, 2012

Mable Lee Gibson Frazier

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

Sarah Price Tumblin

Sarah Price Tumblin, 60, Albany, died August 18, 2012

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Rodney King death ruled accidental

Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Woman uses 'strategy' to defend home from burglar

Will the burglar return to 73-year-old Margaret Jackson's home? "No, he won't. He's probably telling all his friends not to come here because there's a dangerous old lady there!" Jackson says.

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John Lennon's killer denied parole

Lennon's killer denied parole for a seventh time.

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Georgia survey finds majority favors tax increase on wealthy; HOPE Scholarship income cap; Plan B for transportation.

A Georgia non-partisan political grass-roots organization has released a survey on a variety of different political issues including gay marriage, taxes and transportation.

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STUDY: News coverage of campaigns more negative than most other elections

A study finds that news coverage of both major presidential candidates has been more negative this year than in almost any other recent election.

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Virginia university sues to stop Georgia college name

The Virginia university founded by television preacher Pat Robertson is suing a new Georgia university, saying its new name is too similar and will create confusion.

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Fire Marshal: Budget Car sales fire is arson

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office have ruled an overnight blaze at a Tifton business was arson and are offering a reward for information on who may have set it.

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Metro Albany’s jobless rate rises to 10.5 percent in July

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Albany rose to 10.5 percent in July, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 10.3 percent in June. The rate was 10.9 percent in July 2011.

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Morris Brown College faces foreclosure

For more than a decade, Morris Brown College has clung to life as it struggled academically and financially in the face of growing debt and dwindling support.

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Medlen comes up big in Braves win, gets Atlanta back to 6 games of Nationals

Kris Medlen is stellar once again in his latest start out of the bullpen for Atlanta as he pitches seven solid innings Wednesday to lead the Braves to a monster 5-1 win against the Nats.