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Tyson Foods cutting Dawson shift, costing 70 jobs

Tyson Foods closing Buena Vista plant, paring 190 jobs

In an effort to streamline operations, poultry giant Tyson Foods Inc. has announced that it will be cutting the third shift from its plant in Dawson, in addition to closing the company’s location in Buena Vista. The moves will eliminate a combined 260 jobs.

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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.

Albany Area Lifestyle News - March 22, 2015

Community news and events

GLASS director to speak at Leesburg library; Young Marines collecting DVDs for military personnel; Humane Society of Terrell County seeks donations, plans yard sale.

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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.

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Retirement brings end of 'Alston era' at Oxford Construction | PHOTO GALLERY

Alston brothers have combined 252 years of service at Oxford

When King Alston decided to hang up his hardhat the last day of 2014, not only was it the end of a 53-year career, it marked the end of a six-decade-plus era that began when King’s brother Garfield went to work for Oxford Construction Company in 1952.

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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Friday JAM local favorites polls come to an end

Cut N Run, Abi Permenter, Harvest Moon among winners of Friday JAM music polls

In a tightly contested race featuring nearly 60,000 votes cast, The Herald announces the winners of the first-ever Friday JAM music polls where local readers voted for their favorite musicians and area venues.

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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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