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Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens warns Lee County students about prescription drug abuse dangers | VIDEO

Sam Olens tells the student assembly that there were more than 700 prescription drug deaths in state in 2013

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Gov. Nathan Deal makes election stopover in Albany

Nathan Deal speaks with Albany supporters

Gov. Nathan Deal touches on the highlights of his term of office.

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Michelle Nunn makes morning appearance at Pearly's Restaurant

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate vying against Republican David Perdue and Libertarian Amanda Swafford for Saxby Chambliss’ seat.

Michelle Nunn makes morning appearance at Pearly’s Restaurant.

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Lee County receives improved fire rating from ISO

Improvement may not be enough to lower insurance premiums

If the rating had gone from a 6 to a 4, Rabun said it would have been almost a certainly that owners of residential and business property in the county would have reaped lower insurance bills.

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Georgia Association of Educators endorses Rep. Gerald Green in House 151 race

GAE President Sid Chapman said Gerald Green's background in education played a major role in endorsement

Georgia Association of Educators gives nod to Gerald Greene in House 151 contest.

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House Speaker David Ralston flies in to give boost to Rep. Gerald Greene's re-election effort

Gerald Greene, who has been in the State House since 1983, is facing a challenge from Democrat Ezekiel Holley.

House Speaker David Ralston was in Albany Monday to throw his support behind Gerald Greene’s bid for re-election

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Large crowd turns out for Sunday vote in Dougherty County

Dougherty voters wait patiently to cast ballots in historic Sunday vote

A long line of voters waited patiently Sunday at the downtown Riverfront Resource Center to cast votes in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.

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Gov. Nathan Deal temporarily suspends campaign to mourn death of GOP staffer

Mack Burgess, 25, who died in an auto accident Tuesday, was the son of Albany musician Banks Burgess

Gov. Nathan Deal has temporarily suspended his campaign to lourn the death of campaign staffer Mack Burgess, whose father resides in Albany.

Sunday voting coming to Dougherty County on Oct. 26

Dougherty County Elections Board reverses earlier decision against Sunday voting

Dougherty County voters will be able go to the polls 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26 for advance voting.

Preview of candidates offered at Albany town hall meeting

Candidates will explain platforms at Albany town hall meeting

Residents may meet political candidates at Saturday’s town hall meeting in east Albany.

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Dougherty County early voting gets off to a strong start

Election season throughout Georgia is well under way

Many Dougherty County voters took advantage of the Columbus Day holiday to cast their ballots in several federal, state and local elections as early voting opened throughout Georgia Monday.

State school superintendent candidate spar in GPB debate

Sunday’s debate between state school superintendent candidates Richard L. Woods and Valarie Wilson touched on all of the typical topics: high-stakes testing, the national set of academic standards known as Common Core and state funding for school districts, but Woods also tossed out an idea that would fundamentally change what Georgia students need to do to get a high school diploma.

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Incumbent Ewell Lyle proud of first term on Dougherty County Commission

District 4 County Commission seat contested during Nov. 4 general election

Incumbent Republican Ewell Lyle faces the challenge of Democrat Patrick Garner for the District 4 Dougherty County Commission seat.

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Challenger Patrick Garner makes push for Dougherty Commission seat

Darton College professor nearing end of drawn-out political campaign

Democrat Patrick Garner is challenging incumbent Republican Ewell Lyle for the District 4 Dougherty County Commission seat.

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Attorney General candidate Greg Hecht gives child protection plan

Hecht presents plan to end child abuse on Dougherty County Judicial Building steps

On the steps of the Dougherty County Judicial Building earlier this week, Hecht said Georgia is in the middle of a “child-safety crisis” with the state’s children dying at an alarming rate even when they have contact with state and local authorities.

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