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First U.S. Ebola case confirmed September 30, 2014

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University of Georgia researchers put skins back into peanut butter

Incorporating some of the nutritious skins in the spread appeals to those who like natural products, researchers say

Peanut skins, which are removed and discarded in the peanut butter manufacturing process, are high in antioxidants and fiber.

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USDA announces new program to help peanut growers manage risk

The new insurance policy replaces current peanut crop provisions

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say peanut grower boards, including the Peanut Commission in Georgia, helped develop the policy.

The Albany Herald to turn pink Monday for breast cancer awareness

Breat cancer is the No. 2 killer of women who die from some form of cancer

For the fifth year, The Herald, as well as, is going pink to promote breast cancer awareness as well as help raise funds for the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.

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Sugar beets viable option for dairy cattle

Farmers hesitant to change when corn prices low

Sugar beets could be a feed option for cattle, according to John Bernard, dairy cattle specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton. Cows like the beets, they are easily digestible and can be used as an energy source.

Albany unemployment rises in August, Southwest Georgia rate remains unchanged

Albany, Southwest Georgia unemployment rates at 9.2 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively

There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in August, unchanged from July, but down from 60,900 in August 2013. Most of the jobs were lost in trade and transportation and with the federal government, labor officials said.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Sept. 24-30, 2014

Things to do over the next seven days in Metro Albany and Southwest Georgia

Booking signing today by interior design expert Jennifer Boles; Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul speaks at Albany Civicl Rights Institute's monthly Community Night on Thursday; Theatre Albany opens its "Odd Couple (Female Version)" production Friday; wildlife comes to the Flint RiverQuarium Saturday while Plains celebrates peanuts and Tifton hosts a two-day truck and tractor pull.

Albany Area News Briefs - Sept. 24, 2014

The State of the College at Albany Tech is set for this morning.

Lowering of Lake Blackshear will start Nov. 1; UGA unveils Michael Adams portrait Friday; Nine members of Georgia congressional delegation named Friend of Farm Bureau.

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Capitol Votes by Georgia delegation -- week of Sept. 15, 2014

A listing of key votes from last week by the Georgia senators and representatives in Congress

There were 11 key votes in the House and five in the Senate last week.

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Georgia Department of Education recognized seven area schools as Highest-Progress Schools

The list includes Baker County's K-12 School, which was nearly shut down by the state three years ago.

State Department of Education designates seven southwest Georgia schools as Highest-Progress Schools.

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Weinberg Foundation donates $1 million to SOWEGA Council on Aging

Pursuit of the largest grant the council has received from a private foundation took two years to complete

The announcement is made Thursday morning at the council’s Kay Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center, where the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Ballroom was being dedicated.

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Thousands of pink and blue crosses in Dougherty County protest abortion

Volunteers of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church spend a year making crosses painted pink and blue to protest the 4,000 abortions conducted daily in the United States. Church officials say the display is not intended to attack or belittle any woman who has had an abortion.

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Lee Formwalt's 'Looking Back, Moving Forward'

New book recounts the 200-year history of Southwest Georgia's freedom struggle.

Historian Lee Formwalt delivers “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” a history of Albany and southwest Georgia’s civil rights movement

Albany, Southwest Georgia likely to see slight cooling next week

With rain in the forecast, temperatures are expected to dip 5-10 degrees from current levels

A break in the heat next week is not a signal of an early arrival of autumn.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Sept. 10-16, 2014

The following is a list of events happening in metro Albany and Southwest Georgia this week.

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Mark Masters trying to help end the ongoing Tri-State Water Wars

For the past two decades, the use of the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint water basin has beed tied up in litigation.

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders attempting to find a solution among Georgia, Alabama and Florida for fair use of the basin’s water