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Big 10 for the week of April 5-12, 2013

These are the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of April 5-12, 2013. Click on the headlines to read the full the stories.

1. Scores low for Monroe, Dougherty

ALBANY — Samuel Taylor, the Georgia Department of Education’s Program Manager for District Effectiveness School Improvement Division, did not mince words Monday in giving the Dougherty County School Board an assessment of math programs at Dougherty and Monroe high schools.

2. Woman charged with defrauding business

ALBANY — Deborah Shirley, 55, was arrested Thursday on 10 charges of theft against her former employer, Shutters Plus/Kitchens Design, according to Kim Baker, agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

3. Life in prison for Albany man

ALBANY — An Albany man was sentenced to life in prison, plus a 20-year term after being convicted of beating another into a coma from which the victim likely will never awake.

4. Dougherty Jail Report - March 28-April 4, 2013

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail March 28-April 4, 2013. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

5. The bodies of two children buried alive in North Carolina have been recovered

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rescue crews have recovered the bodies of two children who were buried when a dirt wall of an excavated hole collapsed on them at a North Carolina construction site, an emergency worker said on Monday.

6. Invasion report gets home owner arrested

ALBANY — A home invasion this week took an ironic twist when the resident of the home that was hit was arrested on drug charges.

7. Brothers behind Sherwood films forming independent company

ALBANY — Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the men whose film-making dream helped boost Sherwood Baptist Church and its movie arm, Sherwood Pictures, into theaters and homes around the world, are forming their own independent film studio.

8. '42' brings focus to Jackie Robinson's birthplace

CAIRO, Ga. -- Jack Hadley is walking through his Black History Museum in Thomasville, pointing to one African-American pioneer after another.

9. Mediacom adds "Local Broadcast Surcharge" to bills to cope with increasing television fees

ALBANY — Increasing fees charged by local television broadcast companies has prompted Mediacom to add a “local broadcast surcharge” to the bills of customers who have local television stations in their programming package, it says.

10. Tractor-trailer driver cited in school bus crash

ALBANY — A man has been cited after police say he rear-ended a school bus causing a crash that sent a dozen people to the hospital, including 10 Dougherty County school children.