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Gas pump prices continue slide

Some state may be pump prices below $2 per gallon later this year, experts say

Concerns over too much refined product in the marketplace, the effect of a stronger U.S. dollar and the potential of Iran adding to the world market following its nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other nations is placing downward pressure on gas pump prices.

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Georgia congressional delegation Capitol Hill votes

This is how Georgia’s delegations to the House and Senate voted on roll-call items last week at the U.S. Capitol.

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Sales tax-free days nearing for back-to-school shoppers

The 2015 tax-free holiday will take place July 31 and Aug. 1.

Georgia Retail Association says families expect to increase their spending on school supplies this year, meaning good things are in store for retailers during Georgia’s back-to-school sales tax holiday, which runs July 31-Aug. 1.

Tobacco prevention campaign from CDC brought into Southwest Georgia

Tips From Former Smokers is now running in the Southwest Public Health District

The Tips campaign features stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities and the toll smoking-related illnesses have taken on them.

Albany heat wave to last through Monday

Air conditioners and plenty of water recommended

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee warns to drink plenty of water during the summer heat wave. Heat indexes are expected to be in the 105-110 degree range through Monday.

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Georgia congressional reaction to Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Sen. David Perdue says he fears deal does not go far enough

Congress has 60 days to decide whether to seek a resolution of disapproval that would prevent President Obama from removing sanctions against Iran as part of the agreement that U.S. and five other nations’ negotiators reached with Iranian negotiators Tuesday.

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Mike Stewart named new district Extension director for Southwest District

Stewart is a former assistant director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia

As Southwest District Extension director, Mike Stewart will be responsible for a 41-county region that includes metro Albany.

Albany Herald reader could win vehicle, vacation

Mazda CX-5, Florida trip on the line

The Herald and its six sister SCNI newspapers are partnering with Visit Florida to give away a 2015 Mazda CX-5 and a three-night stay at One Ocean Resort and Spa at Jacksonville.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - July 8-14, 2015

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

Georgia Briefly

A roundup of news from the state of Georgia.

Ten deaths reported on Georgia roads over Independence Day holiday; gas prices at five-year low on the Fourth; preservation office seeks public’s input on updating statewide plan.

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Harveys supermarket supports Wounded Warriors

Harveys supermarkets to donate July 4th profits to Wounded Warriors

In an effort to show their support for those that have sacrificed for the country’s independence Harveys supermarket and its parent company Southeastern Grocers will be donating all of the company’s profits on July Fourth to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Iskason cool on U.S. thawing relations with Cuba

Senator from Georgia said Cuban government still has much for which to answer

The announcement Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would resume diplomatic ties Wednesday is another example of the Obama administration negotiating “what the other side wants first,” U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., says.

Fourth of July travel expected to be heaviest in eight years

More than 1.17 million Georgians expected to travel over the long Independence Day weekend

With 41.5 million people expected to travel over the Fourth of July holiday period, about 85 percent will go by auto. Low gas prices, higher wages and a more optimistic view of the economy are seen as contributing factors for the increased travel, which will be watched closely by increased patrolling on the part of law enforcement.

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New fireworks law allows bigger bangs

July 1 law allows any legally made fireworks not banned by the federal government

Georgia HB 110, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, makes legal many types of commercial fireworks just in time for Independence Day festivities.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - July 1-7, 2015

Events in and around the Albany area

Get ready for some bright lights overhead and loud bangs as Albany and Southwest Georgia celebrate the nation's birthday.