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The Big Ten

The most-read stories at www.albanyherald.com for the week of May 30 - June 3, 2014

Here are the most-read stories at www.albanyherald.com for the week of May 30 - June 6, 2014

1. Former Albany mayor, businessman arrested in gambling bust

ALBANY — Former Albany mayor Dr. Willie Adams Jr. and Albany businessman and real estate developer Robert Nelson “Bob” Brooks were among 14 people arrested on gambling charges Monday night, investigators say.

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2. Wal-Mart officials plan to bypass city of Albany utility over denied electric rate cut | POLL

ALBANY — Management of the Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store that will be located at the intersection of Westover and Gillionville roads apparently has no qualms about cutting the city of Albany out of utility services for the 41,000-square-foot grocery store.

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3. Georgia drops CRCT, EOCT tests for a new student progress assessment system

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that it will implement a new testing system for students, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones), which be used in the coming 2014-15 academic year.

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4. Fatal wrecks occur in Tift, Dougherty and Worth counties

ALBANY — Separate one-vehicle wrecks in Tift, Dougherty and Worth counties taking place from Saturday through Monday morning all resulted in fatalities, law enforcement officials say.

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5. Georgia Department of Community Health: CON law would not prevent sale of Phoebe North

ALBANY — A letter from the Georgia Department of Community Health received by North Albany Medical Center earlier this week states that Georgia’s Certificate of Need law would not prevent the sale or re-lease of the former Palmyra Medical Center, now known as Phoebe North, should the Federal Trade Commission order the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County to sell or get other management for the property.

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6. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital names a new chief medical officer

ALBANY — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital announced on Wednesday that Dr. Steve Kitchen will be assuming the role of chief medical officer in September.

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7. Dougherty County Jail Report - June 2, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail May 22-28, 2014. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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8. Pelham City High School teacher arrested on child exploitation charges

PELHAM — A teacher from Pelham City High School who was reportedly preparing to take a job in Albany was arrested on child exploitation charges earlier this week.

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9. Albany police: Homeless have left North Albany woods

ALBANY — Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor said Tuesday morning that his officers had reported all homeless persons living in woods off 16th Avenue in North Albany had been moved out of the woods as of Monday afternoon.

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10. Dougherty County School Board to hold called meeting on FY 2015 budget issues

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board will hold a called meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the school system administration building to discuss the district’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget and how to address an $8.1 million shortfall in the anticipated $122 million budget.

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