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Capitol Votes: Nov. 14-20, 2014

Roll call votes for U.S. lawmakers from Georgia

Here is how Georgia’s delegations to the House and Senate voted on roll-call issues from Nov. 14 to Nov. 20.

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Dougherty County School Board hears from newly formed Student Advisory Council

Twelve students, three from each of the four countys high schools, present their agenda to the School Board

Dougherty School Board hears presentation from members of the new Student Advisory Council

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Albany State University professor Charles Ochie advocates for 'ban the box' ordinance | POLL

Professor wants question of criminal history removed from city employment applications

An Albany State University professor asks the Albany City Commission to join the "ban the box" initiative, which he says is a national movement that has been adopted by 60-64 U.S. cities.

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Dougherty Administrator Richard Crowdis receives Pillar of Professional Management award

County Administrator Crowdis closing in on 40 years of city, county public service

Richard Crowdis is selected by his peers in the Georgia City-County Management Association to receive a Pillar of Professional Management award.

Dougherty County officials OK talks with city of Albany on rec complex

City, county leaders consider pooling SPLOST funds to build recreation facility

Dougherty County and Albany city leaders are discussing ways to move a proposed jointly-funded recreation complex forward.

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Ga. lawmakers press forward on medical marijuana

While an effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia garnered bipartisan support during the most recent legislative session, hurdles remain as lawmakers prepare to make another attempt at passing the legislation next year.

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Capitol Votes week ending Nov. 13, 2014 (UPDATED WITH FRIDAY KEYSTONE VOTES)

Here’s how the Georgia congressional delegation voted on major issues in the week that ended Thursday.

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Albany utility officials tour telecommunications facilities

WG&L board, staff visit utility's telecommunications 'points of presence'

Albany utilities officials gather first-hand knowledge of telecommunications equipment during a Thursday tour.

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Albany city manager updates Dougherty County Commission on recreation plans

Officials are considering a joint city/county-financed recreation complex

Albany’s city manager discusses recreation and a land purchase with the Dougherty County Commission.

Albany-Dougherty County Planning Commission OKs rezoning requests, variance

Board unanimously approves C-3 commercial designation for two properties

The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission gives its approval to a pair of rezoning requests and a variance.

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Marines celebrate upcoming 239th birthday | VIDEO

Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany conducts cake-cutting ceremony for birthday celebration

Since Nov. 1, 1921, by order of the 13th commandant, Gen. John A. LeJeune, the Marine Corps birthday has served as a reminder of the service of the Corps and its inception. The tradition calls for the birthday cake to be cut with a Mameluke sword by the commanding officer.

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Education funding, criminal justice reform focuses of Gov. Nathan Deal in second term

Gov. Deal says win was not a mandate, but had surprisingly big margin

Polls leading up to the race between Gov. Deal and Democrat Jason Carter had suggested a tight contest, with the possibility that neither leading candidate would earn more than 50 percent of the vote and force a December runoff.

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Leesburg renews city manager's contract | VIDEO

City Manager Bob Alexander outlines goals for his second year

The Leesburg City Council authorized Police Chief Charles Moore to hire up to three part-time police officers to support the 10-member department.

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Gerald Greene earns 17th term in the Georgia House

Veteran representative carries seven of nine counties in the heavily minority House District 151

Gerald Greene wins re-election in House District 151, surprising state GOP strategists.

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David Perdue's anti-Obama strategy pays off with win

Senator-elect hammered at association of Michelle Nunn and President Obama

With similar anti-Obama themes helping Republicans sweep nearly every competitive Senate race nationally, David Perdue, 64 stands as one of at least seven freshmen in a newfound Senate GOP majority forged by campaigns also anchored with anti-Obama themes.

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