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'Sticky' summer for gas prices so far

Summer gas pump prices may finally be ready to drop some

Nationally, gas prices are staying at an average price of $2.79-$2.80, well below last summer but still at or near the high point for 2015. Market experts think the “sticky” prices may be poised to start declining somewhat.

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Albany Fourth of July fireworks show returning downtown

An early fireworks show celebrating Independence Day is set for Friday at MCLB-Albany

ALbany and nearby communities are getting ready to celebrate the nation’s 239th with some spectacular bangs.

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Southwest Public Health District says farewell Dr. Jacqueline Grant

Dr. Jacqueline Grant, the district's health director, is leaving for a maternal and fetal medicine fellowship

A reception was held for her at the Dougherty County Health Department on Thursday afternoon, a week ahead of her last day with the health district. Once she leaves, she will depart Albany so she can start the fellowship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on July 1.

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U.S. foreign policy and cyber security among top concerns for Sen. David Perdue

U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., says recent hacks of U.S. agencies are a game-changer

After five months in office, freshman U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has identified a number of issues that concern him, including growing threats to the security of the United States he feels are the product of ineffective foreign policy and a lack of focus on national defense.

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United Way of Southwest Georgia exceeds its fundraising goal for 2014

Lower goals and increased giving help United Way of Southwest Georgia exceed goal for 2014

Thanks to adjusted goals and increased participation, the United Way of Southwest Georgia was able to meet and exceed its collections goal for 2014 with more than $1 million in contributions.

Business Briefly

A roundup of business news from Georgia

gas prices keep ticking upward; ag commissioner warns of possible contamination in certain salmon products (for people) and cat food.

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Georgia delegation congressional votes - June 1-4, 2015

Here is how Georgia’s delegation to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate voted in roll call votes taken June 1-4.

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Albany swimmers, boaters urged to follow safety rules

Public safety officials hold water safety conference

Officials of the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources hold a media conference on water safety.

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Colors of respect: Properly displaying the American flag

Rules for displaying the American flag

While there are no penalties for violating the U.S. Flag Code, it does set down rules for ensuring that the symbol of America is displayed and handled with respect.

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The Albany Herald wins five GPA awards

The Albany Herald receives three first-place and two second-place awards

Carlton Fltecher sweeps column writing awards and Terry Lewis takes first place in education reporting in Division B of the Georgia Press Association 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.

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UGA hosting cotton scouting school in Tifton

Training begins Monday morning at UGA Conference Center

University of Georgia Extension will host a pair of cotton scouting schools in June. The programs will be held on Monday, June 8, in Tifton and Tuesday, June 16, in Midville.

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Music lovers converge on the Briar Patch Music Festival

Briar Patch Music Festival draws large crowds to see wide variety of musical acts

Music lovers enjoyed two jammed-packed days of music and sunshine at the 2015 Briar Patch Music Festival, held each year in Damascus. Among the performers who wowed the crowds were Adam Hood, Rollin’ in the Hay, Evergreen Family Band, Bo Henry Band, Funk You, The Trainwrecks, Dirk Quinn Band, Blackberry Possum, Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers and many more.

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USA Freedom Act signed into law

Georgia senators vote against law, saying it hampers intelligence gathering on terrorism

The USA Freedom Act of 2015 changes the data collection part of the law so that Americans’ phone records are not routinely scooped up by federal security agencies.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - June 3-9, 2015

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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Doffice Johnson named circulation manager at The Albany Herald

Johnson comes to Albany after more than 25 years with the Clayton News Daily

Doffice Johnson has been named the Circulation Manager at The Albany Herald. He comes to Albany from The Clayton News Daily in Jonesboro, where he was a district circulation manager.