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China, India play key roles in future of cotton prices

China is the world's largest user and its second-largest producer of cotton

Actions and weather a half a world away directly affects the pocketbooks of Georgia cotton producers.

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Albany area reacts to Supreme Court same-sex ruling

South Georgia feelings divided over Supreme Court ruling

Not unlike those around the rest of the country reactions in southwest Georgia to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling stating that state’s cannot ban same sex marriage has been somewhat mixed.

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Georgia governor, attorney general: State will abide by Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

A.G. Sam Olens says the final call on the issue was made by the Supreme Court

In a statement to the public and a memo to state department heads, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says the georgia will adhere to the 5-4 ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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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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Marvin's opening new home center store in Camilla

Alabama-based company will provide about 25 new jobs

The new business will be located at U.S. Highway 19 and Oakland Avenue/Georgia Highway 112 adjacent to the new Walmart store in Camilla.

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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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Sabal Trail buys option on new compressor site

Energy company says proposed new station location is in a heavily wooded area

Local landowners fighting the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline say a proposed new compressor station location does little to protect local residents in Southwest Dougherty County. A superior court judge rules that landowners who have refused Sabal Trail officials access to their property cannot continue to deny that access for environmental and other survey work.

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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.