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THURSDAY'S PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Dougherty softball stays hot, upsets Westover

The suddenly-resurgent Dougherty softball program continues to be on a tear as the Lady Trojans win their fifth straight game Thursday, the latest victory coming against city rival Westover. (ADDS: roundup items on SGA-Deerfield, Randolph Southern-Fullington, Sherwood-Brookwood and Lee County-Bainbridge softball)

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Olens recalls battles with feds

Georgia’s attorney general tells the Albany Rotary Club that his job has had its surprises.

Dog attacks, kills 4-year-old

A Seminole County boy dies in his front yard after a canine attack Wednesday, law enforcement officials say.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Westover steps up

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips says he respects Westover for putting together arguably the toughest schedule in Southwest Georgia this season, but that doesn't mean he thinks the Pats can upend state power Jonesboro tonight at Hugh Mills.

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Albany razes dilapidated Shoney's restaurant

An East Albany eyesore joins a growing list of blighted buildings demolished by the city.

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City retirees ask board to keep Medicare B

The city of Albany has told retirees it will no longer fund Medicare Part B reimbursements after Dec. 31.

Albany man hits lottery

Richard Payne cashes in a big $500,000 lottery ticket.

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Aerial assault

Lee County is ready to renew another rivalry matchup with Albany High tonight in a game expected to be a pass-happy, high-flying affair.

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ASU transfer QB Kooi talks about former team FAU’s near upset in 2012 opener

Former FAU QB David Kooi still keeps tabs on his team since transferring to ASU, and he was as surprised as anyone when the Owls were nearly upset in their opener last week.

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Albany Area Players of the Week Poll: Voting closed

Lee County star running back Kenneth Hurley wins The Albany Herald's Player of the Week.

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United Way kicks off fundraising campaign

More than 250 attend the local United Way’s kickoff luncheon, which has set a goal of raising $1.2 million.

Police/Fire/EMS report for September 7, 2012

Video game has violent ending.

Dougherty County grand jury indicts five

During its last meeting, the July term grand jury indicts five people and offers its ending recomendations to officials.

Squawk of the Day - Sept. 7, 2012

For more squawks, pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.

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Stocks soar after European Central Bank unveils bond buying effort

The last time the stock market was this high, the Great Recession was turning a month old, and stocks were headed for a headlong descent.

James Bernard Royal

James Bernard Royal, 36, Columbus, died September 2, 2012

Patricia Ann Mathis

Patricia Ann Mathis, 56, Leesburg, died August 31, 2012

Kenneth Wayne Greene

Kenneth Wayne Greene, 74 Albany, died September 3, 2012

Cloteel Holt Saunders

Cloteel Holt Saunders, 84, Scooterville, died September 6, 2012

Joe Nathan Gardner

Joe Nathan Gardner, 57, Albany, died September 3, 2012

Wallace Freeny

Wallace Freeny, 59, Cordele, died September 4, 2012

Udelle Sadler Shirah

Udelle Sadler Shirah, 76, Camilla, died September 5, 2012

Arie D. Walker

Arie D. Walker, Mariette, died September 1, 2012

Janar L. Cooke

Janar L. Cooke, 36, died September 3, 2012

Edward Moore

Edward Moore, 46, of Macon County

Ulysee Bess

Ulysee Bess, 80, Albany, died September 3, 2012

Ernest Richardson, Jr.

Ernest Richardson, Jr., 69, Georgetown, died August 31, 2012

Kenadi Cheyenne Watts

Kenadi Cheyenne Watts, Desoto, GA died September 2, 2012

Odis Hooks

Odis Hooks, 81, Pelham, died September 1, 2012

Rufus Williams

Rufus Williams of Sylvester, died August 31, 2012

Emma Nelson Carter

Emma Nelson Carter, 90, Leesburg, died September 3, 2012

Willie James Powell

Willie James Powell, 64, Dawson, died September 1, 2012

Tommy Lee Johnson

Tommy Lee Johnson, 51, died August 22, 2012

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Oversight weak on expense system for Ga. lawmakers

Georgia lawmakers face little scrutiny and few standards when they claim upward of $1 million annually in expense pay under a system that relies heavily on their honesty.

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Amazon retooling the Kindle to take on the IPad

Amazon is updating its Kindle Fire tablet computer as it steps up competition with Apple's iPad.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Rush hour

On a stretch of highway in Russia, two civilians get the scare of their life after witnessing a rare site.

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Porter named replacement judge in Heard suit

J. Richard Porter is named to hear Heard suit against DOCO board of elections.

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US unemployment aid applications decline to 365K

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell by 12,000 last week, a hopeful signal that the job market may be improving.

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EPA action could impact gas prices

A move by the Environmental Protection Agency could have a direct impact on what Georgians pay at the pump.

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Cowboys romp past Giants, 24-17, to open season

The Cowboys open the 2012 NFL season with a 24-17 victory against the Giants, thanks to QB Tony Romo, who threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

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Roddick loses fourth round U.S. Open match, slips off into retirement

Andy Roddick, who announced he would retire at the end of the U.S. Open, loses his fourth round match on Wednesday, gives a speech to the crowd and retires from tennis -- while Roger Federer is ousted from the tournament by Tomas Berdych.

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Shake it off

The Yellow Jackets must quickly forget about Monday's overtime loss against Virgina Tech and focus on Saturday and Presbyterian.

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Minor, Braves slam door on Rockies, 1-0

Mike Minor tosses six innings of no-hit ball and Craig Kembrel finishes off Colorado with his first four-out save as the Braves beat the Rockies, 1-0, on Wednesday night.