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Distractions for teen drivers worse than previously thought

Albany traffic officers say teen drivers too distracted

A study by AAA and the University of Iowa finds teen driver distractions to be four times worse than earlier believed.

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Albany high-speed fugitive denied bond | VIDEO

albany suspect faces multiple charges in robbery, chase

William Bryan Owens was denied bond at his first court appearance on Wednesday.

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Chase through three counties results in arrest of armed robbery suspect | VIDEO

William Owens arrested after chase ends on North Slappey Boulevard

Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick with the Dougherty County Police Department said the agency responded to the report of an armed robbery on the 700 River Chase Lane at 3: 15 p.m. on Tuesday. The victim reported to police that a black Toyota Tundra and a wallet had been taken by a white man with a handgun.

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Veterans demonstrate for better health care in Albany

Demonstrators say money is primary concern of VA officials

A small contingent of U.S. military veterans demonstrated Wdnesday for better VA health care services.

Albany Almanac - March 14, 2015

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - March 14, 2015 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

Unemployment rates rise in January for metro Albany, Southwest Georgia

Loss of seasonal jobs contribute to higher jobless rates in metro Albany

The unemployment rate increased as the metro area lost 800, mostly temporary and part-time, jobs related to the holiday season. The number of jobs in the metro area declined to 61,000, down from 61,800 in December. Most of the loss came in retail trade, transportation, warehousing and state government.

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Opportunity school districts bill passes Senate, heads to House

Legislation would require voter approval to be enacted

The legislation would allow the state to intervene for up to 10 years in schools that have failing performance for three consecutive years, with a limit of 100 schools in the district at any given time.

Georgia unemployment near seven-year low in January

Albany adds 400 jobs year-to-year in January

Georgia’s 6.4 percent jobless rate in January was its lowest since it was at 6.3 percent in July 2008.

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U.S. House delegation from Georgia split on Homeland Security funding passage

Funding of immigation executive action sticking point for most Republicans

Georgia’s U.S. House delegation was split along party lines on the passage of House Resolution 240, which was passed with funding for executive orders on immigration by President Obama. No Georgia Republicans voted for passage, while all georgia Democrats supported the resolution that funds Homeland Security through the end of September.

FTC extends delay in adjudication of Phoebe North case

The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 31

The Federal Trade Commission has delayed until the end of March its adjudication the matter involving the purchase of Phoebe North, formerly Palmyra Medical Center, while commssioners further consider a consent proposal in the case.

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Capitol Votes -- Georgia congressional delegation week ending Feb. 26, 2015

Here is how U.S. representatives and senators from Georgia voted in roll call votes last week.

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Southwest Georgia farmer speaks to U.S. Senate ag committee | VIDEO

Ronnie Lee of Bronwood talks about impact of 2014 farm bill on producers

Ronnie Lee, who farms in Lee, Terrell and Sumter counties, tells senators that sound U.S. farm policy is essential in the production and marketing of crops such as cotton and peanuts.

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OUTLOOK 2015: Locate South Georgia looks to fully promote all aspects of the region

Locate South Georgia comprises 20 communities across south Georgia

As many communities in southern Georgia continue to figure out ways to grow and attract new business and industry, a group of like-minded individuals from across the region have decided to pool their resources to form a newly christened Locate South Georgia initiative that will seek to use unity among a number of locations to present south Georgia as a great place to locate.

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Albany National Youth Sports Program launches 40 Dollars for 40 Years campaign | VIDEO

The NYSP will be renamed Albany State University Sports and Enrichment Program this June

Organizers of the summer sports and enrichment program are hoping that 1,000 people will donate at least $40 each to support the five-week summer program that has 350-400 students each year and about 25,000 over its 40 years of existence.

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